Thoughts on life from Pat Oaks
Several months ago we took some friends on a picnic to Watauga Lake in Elizabethton. It's one of our favorite places and we have had many picnics in that beautiful spot.
I always take a pretty red and white checked table cloth and flowers for the table. If the bush with purple berries is in bloom at the lake, I wait till I get there and break off a couple of branches from that for my "flowers." (I actually bought one of those bushes for my yard many years ago. It's called Beauty Berry, if I remember correctly. There is one that blooms in winter called Winter Berry--with red berries. I want to get one of those too!)
Anyway, back to the picnic: Steve and Cindy Bates went with us on the picnic, and she couldn't get over that I brought flowers for the table. She went on and on about it. I, of course, having done it all these years, did not give it a second thought.
This weekend, the guys went to Cindy and Steve's church in Wise, VA. I couldn't go because I was taking care of Jason's animals while he was in California visiting our Grandson. When they came home, Cindy had sent me a beautiful Begonia already potted! What a treasure! I am sure she figured out how much I liked flowers from the aforementioned picnic, but she had no idea how excited I would be to get this beautiful potted plant.
I sat it beside the back door where I see it every time I go in or out of the house. It reminds me of how God has blessed us with the beauty of flowers, but most of all how He has blessed us with the beauty of friendship. Thanks Cindy.