A lotus flower begins growing at the bottom of a muddy, murky pool, and slowly emerges toward the surface, bursting out of the water into a beautiful blossom. During the night the lotus closes and sinks under the water, and emerges again with the sunlight of a new day.

The lotus seeds contain perfectly formed leaves as miniatures of what they will become when it blooms. Its stem is flexible but does not break. As the lotus flower emerges from the mud, and up toward the surface it is completely unstained.

To me, the lotus in the mud symbolizes the hardships and difficulties of life, or a challenging time we have faced or are facing. As with the stem growing toward the surface, we also grow through our experiences, through our difficulties, learning lessons along the way, removing obstacles and overcoming our adversities. As the petals unfold, we too unfold, and become like a lotus rising from the murky waters and flowering into something beautiful. Its open blossom stands for enlightenment.

The lotus seeds, containing perfectly formed leaves symbolize our potential. Its flexible stem symbolizes our resilience. As the lotus begins to emerge, this symbolizes never giving up, never quitting when things seem difficult. The blossom of the lotus flower symbolizes enlightenment, our awareness, and our beauty. During the night, the flower closes and sinks, like a cleansing, and then emerges with the light, a renewal.

Life is difficult! Flat tires, flooded basements, cranky kids, wounding words, the loss of a job, a broken body, a painful marriage—“trouble” comes in all shapes and sizes. And it often shows up when we least expect it and are unprepared to handle everything that tags along with it. How can we maintain our worship, walk, and witness, and love others when we are overwhelmed with frustration?
Like the Lotus, as we unfold ourselves to a new day, allow that day to have a new beginning, a renewed purpose, a made up mind, a “I can do ALL things through Christ mind.” Submerge in Christ so that you might be able to immerge above your circumstances.

Just as the Lotus pushes beyond the murk and the mud, bursting into sunlight its radiant flower, so must you push against your circumstances and illuminate because you were bought with a price. For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD; plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Be what God has made you to be. Clear your mind from the cobwebs that distract you, dig deep inside until you find your purpose.