Desert Flowers

by Christa Upton

Think of a desert.  What comes to mind?  Endless sand, wind, sun, cactus plants….  Camels plodding along, mirages, bones, death….

But did you know that there are tiny flowers in the desert, so tiny they can hardly be seen without a magnifying glass?  You can see them on this amazing DVD from Moody Science Classics:

Hidden Treasures DVD

It is surprising that such beauty can be found in an arid, unforgiving place like the desert.

A long-term illness such as my Multiple Chemical Sensitivity (MCS) can feel like a desert—vast, brutal, lonely.  But even in the desert of MCS, tiny flowers can be found.

These “flowers” may come in the form of someone who lends a helping hand, a child’s laughter, or a beautiful sunset.  They may come as a free book on Kindle, a warm meal, a call from an old friend, or a good video.  I recently found a flower in my desert—a young person, practically a stranger, willing to listen to a middle-aged woman’s ramblings (mine) about life challenges with MCS.

Of course there are many deserts besides MCS.  Maybe you have found yourself in a desert of a trial—small or large, relatively short-term or quite long-term.

In the desert, searching for an end to the suffering, one can easily forget the flowers.  After all, while trudging through the desert, the “sand,” “heat,” and suffering are much easier to see than the nearly-invisible “flowers.”

But God is gracious to send us flowers even in our deserts.

If you are going through any kind of desert right now, have you encountered any “desert flowers”?  I would love to hear your comments!


Christa Upton       Black Hills Picture Books        PO Box 293      Custer, SD 57730

About Christa Upton

I am a wife and mother of three children ages 11, 14, and 18. I used to be a stay-at-home mom (teaching piano & dance, volunteering, etc). From 2007 to 2010, I suffered accidental Toxic Injury (also called Multiple Chemical Sensitivity or MCS). MCS has had major impact on our family, but the forced time in bed has given me time to write. So far, I have published 4 children's books (2 in e-book format on Kindle, one in Print-on-Demand at CreateSpace, and one printed by a local printer). Sometimes I miss my old life, but I love writing for children!
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2 Responses to Desert Flowers

  1. Julie says:

    I would have to say, the days when our living situation is trying…that would be my desert. But at the same time, there is so much blessing to be found DAILY. Beautiful post! And I had no idea about desert flowers.

  2. Christa Upton says:

    Thank you! I think sometimes God purposefully leads us into certain deserts in our lives, and that is wonderful you are finding daily blessings in yours!!!!

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