Lessons from a Hyacinth

My mom bought me a hyacinth during her brief visit earlier this month. The vibrant purple flowers and their fragrant scent made our house seem happier for a few brief days. But then the flowers on one of the shoots started to die, and then another.

A few days later, after returning home from a long day of running errands out of town, I gazed at the plant and finally accepted the fact that it was past its season of blooming. There was nothing more I could do to preserve its fragrant blossoms.

After watching a short video on how to care for a hyacinth, I got out the scissors and cut off the three shoots covered in dried-up, purple hues. It was a somber moment for me—a deep reminder of how fleeting certain joys in life can be. Nonetheless, I knew it had to be done if I wanted the plant to grow and bloom again someday. I would just have to trust in the process and patiently wait through each season, caring for the plant until it blossomed anew.

The following morning, as I sat down to drink my coffee at the table, I glanced over at the plant and was pleasantly surprised to see how well it was doing. It was only half the size it had been with its flowers, and it no longer held a fragrant scent, but it looked so alive and healthy! It seemed to be thriving, and it made me happy to know that cutting off those flowers had been the best thing for me to do. The hyacinth in its new form was still bringing a piece of happiness into our little home. Furthermore, it was preparing me for lessons yet to be learned.

A few days before deadheading the hyacinth, the thought crossed my mind that perhaps I should take a break from blogging for a while. Life has been hard for me personally since 2019, and although I experienced a brief respite from all the hardships last fall, the storms of this year have hit me with full force, uncovering debris from the last few years that I never got to fully clear away but merely managed to sweep to the side as each new trial emerged.

I feel pretty weary as of late, and I need the time and space to deal with the damage done by all these downpours. I’m seeking healing with intentionality, but it will take some time.

Cutting off the shoots of my hyacinth recently has made me realize that sometimes we have to cut back in order to seek health. Sometimes we have to let go of certain things so that God can restore and bring growth to the inner depths of our lives, which, in turn, can cause us to blossom and bring forth fruit in time.

It is bittersweet to be writing these words, because taking a break from this blog feels like another death to me. But I have to remember that it’s not. It’s just a pause so that I can focus on grasping ahold of the wholeness that God wants to give to me.  

In the meantime, I’ll keep gazing at the vivid, green leaves gracing my windowsill. My hyacinth plant in a less glorious form. And I’ll keep trusting that the process is worth it—both my health and its, waiting patiently for the season in which we will see new blooms.

He has made everything beautiful in its time.”

Ecclesiastes 3:11a

11 thoughts on “Lessons from a Hyacinth”

  1. Hey! Again truly beautiful words and such a powerful illustration…sometimes we have to cut back in order to seek health! That is a golden nugget right there.

    How did your move go? Lifting you up in prayer and excited to see how God moves in this season.

    In Him, Michelle

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    1. Thanks, Michelle. You are such an encouragement to me. The move went well, although we don’t really feel settled in here yet. I’m curious to see what the Lord will do during this season. How are you? Thank you for your prayers.

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  2. We all need a break in life. Sometimes taking a step back to regroup and gather our thoughts and lives are the best thing we can do for ourselves. Stay healthy both physically and mentally. I so enjoy reading your blogs and will look forward to your return.

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  3. We all need a break. You are doing the right thing Colleen. You are looking after yourself. I am going to miss you here while you take a break I pray that the Lord will refresh and replenish you during this time.
    How have you been since you moved? I know it is not the easiest thing to feel settled in a new place and it takes time. I pray that you will thrive in the new place.
    Sending you hugs and prayers my friend 🤗💙

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    1. Thank you, Manu. I really appreciate your friendship and prayers, and I’ll still be checking email, so I’d still love to be in touch. We still don’t feel settled here, but I have peace that this is where we’re supposed to be. I look forward to seeing what God has in store for us in the months to come. A big hug to you too! 🤗

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  4. Sending you hugs, ma’am. ❤️
    I believe breaks are needed for us to refresh and have some more time out with Abba for a renewed strength for the days ahead. Please take care while away and be good. 🤗
    You are loved and He is working it all for your good. 🤗

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  5. Hi Colleen. I completely understand taking a break from blogging. We’ll all be waiting for you when you are ready to come back. Enjoy the break. I know you have more than enough to keep you busy. I’m so glad we connected on here. Email me anytime. I’m here for you. Take care and God bless you and your family.

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