The sun is shining.
The sea is a myriad shades of blue.
And Tiree’s famous Machair is in full bloom.
Walk, cycle or drive, the island is looking particularly beautiful.
From East to West and North to South it is stunning.
The island is aive with a riot of colour.
It was just last week.
I happened to look over the garden fence.
And I noticed a flash of red among the tall grass.
It was an indoor rose that had been thrown out and abandoned.
Somehow it had survived the winter winds and salt air.
And there it was, short, stubby, but in full bloom.
Unwanted it had been cast aside
Yet it was now growing wild.
Since then the words of the song keep playing in my mind.
‘I’m nobody’s child
Just like a flower – just growing wild.
No mommy’s kisses and no daddy’s smile
Nobody wants me – I’m nobody’s child.’
Thankfully, I am certain of my true identity.
I do not feel as if I am ‘Nobody’s child’
I am loved and accepted.
By grace a child of God.
No! The words that registered with me were these:
‘Just like a flower – just growing wild.’
Not cultivated – just growing wild’.
So with the sun shining we set out.
We wanted to breathe in something of the beauty.
We wanted to stop and appreciate our island environment.
Just Growing Wild in the Garden
In reality we have only to look out of our window.
In our nature reserve of a garden there are flowers growing wild.
[The truth be told – we do not mow the lawn, we simply cut the grass.]
However, lifting our eyes we can see the riot of colour that is the Machair.
This is Life on Tiree