This is the story that goes with my flower faces rubber art stamps.
“A Story From The Flowergarden”
A great hush fell over the flowergarden that day. Tears fell like great big, dewy raindrops from flower faces all around the garden. It seemed that Petey, the big, beautiful, magenta dragonfly had suddenly passed away. Sadness was rampant in the garden. Bees buzzed the news from flower to flower. The whole garden’s attention was on Sarah Flower and the grassy carpet where she was planted.
Sarah Flower looked down at Petey and cried great big, crocodile tears for her friend. He used to come and sit calmly on her fragrant petals, and they would discuss how beautiful their garden home was. Now, Petey was forever gone. It was painful for Sarah Flower to realize that dragonflies did not live forever. Sarah Flower was so very, very sad that she thought her petals might just curl up and wither away.
What Sarah Flower could not see was her friend Petey’s immortal, beautiful spirit rising up from her carpet of grass, through her tears, straight up beyond the Heavens above, to the very highest eternal place, to the Creator Himself!
Petey looked down on the flowergarden as he rose swiftly away. He looked down on Sarah Flower and all of the other flower faces that he had grown to love and care so much about, and for one longing, wistful moment he wished he could go back down to the flowergarden. Then, remembering that he saw his his reflection in one of Sarah’s teardrops, he realized that he was a new and beautiful, exquisite creature. He’d never have to worry about catching a fly again, or even a mosquito for that matter. And oh, his wings!! His wings had turned such an irridescent, glistening color, and their texture was simply amazing; like something between hand spun silk, and velvet. He felt so free, and for the first time, so very, very alive! He felt that he almost resembled a glorious butterfly.
The joy burst forth from inside of him and he sang this song:
Where I’m going
Is a glorious place
Where I’ll finally see
My Creator’s Face.
No more sorrow
And no more pain.
Death seemed a loss
Until eternal life, I gained.
One day, Sarah Flower,
I’ll see you too,
When your beautiful life
On earth is through.
When you’ve served your purpose
With the beauty you’ve brought,
To your Creator, you’ll return.
For our lives, He bought.
I’ll wait by the gates
And light your way
Until I see you again
My dear, someday.
Somehow, Sarah Flower received Petey’s message in the gentle breeze, and she wasn’t sad anymore. She missed her friend, yet she knew that she had something to look forward to. So, even while she was left behind, she would continue to bloom right where she was planted. Her beautiful floral scent would bring joy to everyone that walked by her on the grassy carpet. Her colorful petals would shine in the sun and glow up to where Petey was.
Catherine M. Howell