T’is the Season Of the Lantana. I’ve noticed, in recent years, the way one particular thing (perhaps an insect, an animal or a plant) seems to be more abundant than usual. A couple of springs ago the blue bonnets filled the fields and roadsides with a haze of blue and the air with a gentle fragrance. Another spring it was the evening primrose that took center stage - scattering pink carpets across the green.
Perhaps the story of the lantana might be considered a picture of our lives - of the different seasons designed by the One who created us. Times of obscurity may leave us feeling bereft. We may long to do something others will notice instead of the mundane things that make up our every day lives. However, it’s in that time of faithfully doing what we have been called to do that God is working. The lantana didn’t spring up out of nothing. Something unseen, deep below the surface, was happening, and at the right time it bloomed.