Houseplants shrivel in my home—either from not enough water or too much. Not enough light or too much. I don’t sing to them, or notice that the soil is depleted and something white has crusted over the top of the dirt. They tend to get attention when my daughter-in-law visits and exclaims, “Mom! These plants are gasping for water!”
So, it was astounding to me when buds from last year’s neglected orchid began to open up, one-by-one showing such perfect shape, color and design. I get so excited every time I look at it! They actually survived under my…umm…care. Okay…in spite of.
Isn’t that a lot like us human beings? In spite of neglect, abuse, and life circumstances…we thrive. I love the title of Joyce Meyer’s book, From Ashes to Beauty. Just the title says so much—in spite of something dark and dirty, beauty thrives.
That’s what I see happening when a person confronts their demons: From the fear and pain; darkness and secrets…they discover their truth. Their beauty. Their freedom.
I hope you see that beauty unfold in the characters in Tethered to Shadow.