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Pink Peonies


by Courtney Duncan

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” – Jeremiah 29:11

A few years ago, we planted an all white garden with peonies as the big feature. When I did my final review of our new garden, I noticed a problem – one of the peony bushes was pink. I told Josh he needed to dig it up, he respectfully refused. I started wishing a quick death on the pink plant and hoped that if the plant wouldn’t die, that the pollinators would make them white like the others. As they are starting to bloom now, the pink bush is thriving and the pollinators are spreading the color to the other plants. 

Jeremiah 29:11 seems to be a pretty heavily used verse when it comes to encouragement, which I find ironic because in the verses proceeding it God tells the Israelites to get comfortable being uncomfortable being in exile for a long time in Babylon. This was not the promised land! This was not the plan!

“”For know the plans have for you,” declares the LORD. “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.””

OK, God. Help me to not just accept the pink peonies in my life, but recognize the unexpected beauty they bring. Help me to remember your character and trust in your will again and again and again. Amen.