A few days ago, my fiance gave me this beautiful orchid. I was struck by its intense blue color and wonderered how a normally delicate flower was made to look so vibrant. While reading the tag, I had a definite 'ah-ha' moment.
These orchids are infused with a special coloring that makes them look like this the first time they bloom. The tag went on to say that while they bloomed, each bloom would progressively change from deep blue to pure white. This beautiful flowering plant instantly became that much more precious to me.
This orchid gives me hope because in this orchid I see a picture of myself. I am "colored" by sin, its effects are present in me every day and visible for all to see. But I am also transformed every day, renewed, and made a little more like Christ as each moment goes by. Each day as I watch my orchid transform from deep blue to pure white, I am reminded that I am becoming more like my Creator. I will not always be marred by sin. I will not always see its dark stain. One day I will walk in complete holiness before my Lord. One day He who has begun a good work in me will complete it. And like my orchid, one day, sin's deep hue will be removed and only the purest of white will be left behind!