I decided to be a part of the crazy group of people that have recently run to the hills to see the explosion of the California Poppy.

As I arrived mid-week I saw tons of cars lining the streets. Some people chose to hike the smooth roads while others scaled the rugged paths to find the treasures of gold awaiting them. I laughed to myself as I made my ascent, thinking that this was not unlike a Holy Pilgrimage to view a claimed miracle in a foreign country. The humor was evident, as I witnessed so many people of different ethnicities, ages, and gender clamoring to capture a picture of a simplistic little flower.

However,  the realization of what was happening hit me. Hundreds of people left their homes and had driven for miles… to seek beauty. They were hungry to feel, smell, observe…beauty… and it propelled them to experience it first hand.

I was elated by the fact that though this world is suffering in hate and overwhelmed by deceit, it still finds delight in a sweet, small flower covering the mountainside of Southern California. There is still hope for mankind when their soul can be moved to joy by a golden colored poppy that no one has planted, but the Creator.

Perhaps it is a miracle that thousands of poppies brought people of all races together to applaud creation and remind themselves to never grow weary of seeking beauty. For God graces us with encounters of beauty every moment of every day we just have to look up and see it.

Posted by , March 11, 2019 5 comments


  1. Love this analogy of seeking God’s beauty in such a broken world. If we would all just run to him with our brokenness our life would resemble the hills. Turning from complete brown despair to tantalizing orange beauty!
    Thank you Jesus we can all radiate beauty through you.

    Comment by Connie Lofland on March 12, 2019 at 12:04 pm

  2. What a beautiful reflection! It is heartwarming to recognize that, in spite of all of the bad and sad that is happening in the world, so many people choose to seek beauty. And nature reveals the love of the Creator. I’m reminded of Romans 1:20.

    Comment by Jacquelyn | A Heavenly Home on March 12, 2019 at 7:27 pm

  3. Thank you, Jacquelyn, for stop by and reading my blog; I appreciate your kind words. Yes, some days we have to really search for beauty as it seems to be shrouded. Thankfully God has placed much beauty in this world. God bless you and all you do.

    Comment by Maggie Simmons on March 17, 2019 at 2:28 am

  4. Thank you for this wonderful thought. I too enjoyed the view of the golden orange mountains this past weekend. I’ve been in California 18 years/Corona 15 and never have seen anything like it. What a beauty to behold. I love your thoughts regarding people and the flower and the fact it shows there is still hope for people who have not yet found their path to God. Beautiful! Thank you Maggie!

    Comment by Juls Beck on March 12, 2019 at 7:31 pm

  5. Aww Juls thank you for your kind words, I appreciate them. It was so nice of you to stop by and check out my blog. I hope all is going well with you. Both Rick and I miss you!

    Comment by Maggie Simmons on March 17, 2019 at 2:23 am

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