The Marigold and Us
February 4, 2016
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Are those marigolds? They sure look like marigolds, I thought to myself. I was walking my usual path on the mountainside in south central Mexico, near where we live part of the year with our missionary daughter and her family. They were a smaller plant with an understated blossom, but they looked like and had the distinctive aroma of marigolds.
Come to find out, all of the varieties of marigolds we enjoy in the United States and around the world come from these wild ancestors in Mexico. They were a sacred flower for the Aztecs and still play a major role in celebrating special events, particularly The Day of the Dead, held on All Saints Day and Halloween.
The marigold has had a long journey over the past several hundred years, being taken to Spain by early Spanish explorers. Seeds were spread all over Europe and new varieties began to be developed. Eventually marigolds made their way to the United States. In the early 1900s David Burpee (of Burpee Seeds fame) began developing new varieties which has led to the amazing diversity of the marigold in size and color today.
Since the very first man and woman were placed in the Garden of Eden by God and told to tend it, human beings have developed new varieties of plants and breeds of animals. God never intended the life He created to stay as He created it; He’s always had the plan that we should play creator alongside Him and develop His creation.
This process of building upon what God’s created also applies to the pinnacle of His creation, us! He accepts us where we are and as we are but has no plans to leave us as He finds us. Billy Graham’s late wife Ruth requested that a phrase she saw on a sign along the road be placed on her tombstone. It was. “End of construction. Thank you for your patience.” We’re to see ourselves as a work in progress. We’re to keep seeking to be more the person God wants us to be until the day He calls us to enter into His heaven when He’ll finish the process in an instant.
The marigold has come a long way from the small wild marigold I saw along the path in Mexico. The message of the marigold is for us to take to heart!
“… so that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God…,” (Colossians 1:10)