This week’s 45th Parallel is brought to you by my delightful friend, Joanna Echols, senior associate editor of Focus on the Family Clubhouse Jr. magazine. Joanna says of these gorgeous flowers, likely cyclamen:
This photo was taken at a botanical garden in Washington, D.C. . . . in November (a few years ago).
Spiritual parallel: When we’re under the tender, loving care of our Master Gardener, we can bloom anywhere at anytime. We’re not limited to only blooming in the springtime. We can bloom even when we’re taken out of our comfort zone, planted in an unfamiliar place, with springtime feeling long gone. If we let our Master Gardener come close and do that sometimes painful work of cultivating, we can bloom when everything around is brown or gray. And by blooming at an unexpected time, we can “Show forth the praises of Him who called us out of darkness, into His marvelous light!” (1 Peter 2:9.)
Joanna Echols, senior associate editor of Focus on the Family Clubhouse Jr. magazine, grew interested in publishing at age 8. When a magazine printed her story about rescuing a baby squirrel, Joanna felt the first thrill of seeing her work in print. She has served in various editing roles, including seven years with children’s magazines.