.1. There are two different types of roots on some types of orchids. Underground roots and aerial roots.
Underground roots perform usual root functions for the plant. The more interesting roots are the aerial roots. These roots have multiple functions. They provide structural support by attaching or "anchoring" itself to other structures such as trees. They absorb nutrients and water from the air as the main source of nutrition. And they convert sunlight into sugar for energy in the process called photosynthesis.
2. The flower of each orchid is symmetrical, much like a face of a human being. This means that if you cut it down the middle, each half is a mirror reflection of the other. This is a unique characteristic of the orchid plant.
3. It requires a lot of patience to care for orchids. There are some varieties which take years to bloom.
So, what did God teach me from these beautiful plants?
1. Those aerial roots reminded me of our spiritual and personal lives. When we anchor ourselves to the promises of God to support us much like these roots do to support the plant; and when receive our nutrition from the Holy Spirit and around others who love God, much like these roots receive their nutrition from the air, WE THRIVE. If the environment that the plant is in is polluted, it will not live or thrive. Much like our lives. We need to always listen to the leading of the Holy Spirit AND surround ourselves with people who will feed life, light, and energy into our lives.
Like the orchid, I am happy to say that I have many roots. I am first rooted in Christ. He is my anchor and I am led by the Holy Spirit in my decisions in life. But, I also have roots of support from many of you! With gratitude, I continue to be amazed to have so much support from others both in the US and in Peru, that have helped feed life, light and energy into me. If it weren't for the loving kindness of people providing for personal needs, feeding me, encouraging me, loving me, praying for me, and supporting me financially, I would not be where I am today.
I am now back in Peru preparing for Christmas and New Years here with people who I have grown to love as my own family and with great expectations for this next year to continue towards the call the God has given me. Thank you all for your support, your love, and for your prayers. May you look towards God first as your anchor and then to those around you who are your support system much like the roots of the orchid.
As most of you know, my ability to stay here solely depends on the generosity of the financial support of others. That being said, If you are looking for a cause to make a year end donation, please consider me. Please see "giving" tab on this blog on ways to give. Thanks again!