I visited a cousin on a 70 acre farm yesterday which was full of photo opportunities. I kept trying to get photos of thistles at different times during the day. Amazingly, they keep their faces toward the sun, turning on their stalks toward the light during the day.
Just before I had to leave, we drove out to the pond and low and behold on the hillside across from the pond was thistle heaven! Thousands of thistles were in bloom. I didn’t even get out of the truck to photograph them because there were so many, and the grass so high, I was afraid of stepping on a snake.
Thistles thrive above the hay, above the grass, above other weeds, because they grow tall on slender stalks and reach up to the sunlight and the rain. I do know that thistles are weeds and nuisances to farmers. They take over unused ground and are difficult to get rid of with their tough leaves and thorns.
Still, I couldn’t help seeing them differently than that. There is amazing beauty in a thistle. Butterflies swarmed the thistle field. That was beautiful in itself. I will post some more photos at the end of this blog. You can decide for yourself.
Thistles, like sins and bad habits, spring up in our lives if we aren’t careful to tend our gardens. And like sins that some seem to enjoy, thistles look beautiful, but their thorns and the consequences of letting them spring up are no fun at all.
Bible verses for the day come from Genesis and express the trouble thistles can be to those who work the land. “Then to Adam He said, “Because you have listened to the voice of your wife, and have eaten from the tree about which I commanded you, saying, ‘You shall not eat from it’; Cursed is the ground because of you; In toil you will eat of it All the days of your life. “Both thorns and thistles it shall grow for you; And you will eat the plants of the field; By the sweat of your face You will eat bread, Till you return to the ground, Because from it you were taken; For you are dust, And to dust you shall return.”