7. Bloom

I was planting flowers in my garden this morning, all the while lamenting a handful which hadn't yet bloomed. I couldn't help but think about its relation to purpose and divine order.

In the laws of nature, physical evidence is pretty important if even only for symbolic purposes.  A flower in bloom, for example, is evidence of a healthy growth cycle. We can stand to reason some amount of nourishment and sunshine would yield desirable results, though the degree of desirable results varies. For example a flower which blooms to full capacity is a flower in full glory. A flower privy to the same environmental factors yet does not bloom to its full capacity has not come into the fulness of its glory. Aside from the visual aesthetic of a full bloom, does lack of fulness by virtue automatically mean lack of worth?

Not necessarily. If we can appreciate a flower for just being a flower, whether or not it’s in full bloom, then it doesn’t so much matter. One could still reap the flower’s health benefits, or opt for its stunted growth as a matter of style. Its physiological make-up, assuming all else is equal, remains the same—its pith, metaphorically (and quite literally) speaking. In this case, we can assume a full bloom may only serve to evidence it being a plant with the potential to bloom.

Still, the fulness of its glory ought to be what the flower strives for. This because it is a symbol of divine perfection manifest: beauty, greatness, completeness, wholeness, health, wealth, and abundance.  Or, its fruit.

These reflections contemplate “bloom” as a noun, though it can also be described as a verb, “to bloom.” The action of blooming is a coming into; the result of continual growth, pruning, and renewal. Or, its very own (re)genesis. It describes the process towards a fulness which is characteristic of its sort.

Note that once full bloom is reached, the flower does one of three things (all else being equal): it maintains the bloom, or it grows even more full and thus redefines its maximum bloom potential, or it withers. If it’s just a flower, then either of these results are to be respected and ought to be expected. But if its bloom is to be a symbol of divine perfection and its characteristic beauty, should we not hope for its full glory?