We pulled over because the field of yellow flowers were irresistible. When you are visiting the ocean and driving along the coast in Palos Verdes, you just stop what you are doing to admire the things God has placed in your way. Like these yellow flowers…
I couldn’t wait to walk through them and run my fingers through their petals. I had romanticized the field of flowers so much so that I forgot its hidden ugliness. As I walked to the edge of the field, instructing S.M. to get a picture of me, I noticed a fat, ugly spider sitting on a web between two healthy flower stalks.
My smile fell. I no longer desired to pluck a few flowers from the field and put them in a Styrofoam cup at the hotel, or walk through the field, or touch the yellow petals.
Instead, I stood on the edge and admired the beauty from afar.
Maybe that’s what we do to our traditions…we romanticize them, purify the memories. A photographer never captures the spider in the field. Just the flowers are in his focus. In this day and age of internet marketing, catching the spider or even a poisonous snake in the field would disrupt the illusion that everything is fine.
God help us if our illusions are disturbed.
Verse: Philippians 4:13