SOUTHERN MAGNOLIA TREE
From a distance your unremarkable. What with your large, wide base and shiny, stiff, leathery, dark green leaves. Most times you just blend into the ordinary of road side foliage.
Most times, I say, except when your in bloom. Well now. What can one say 'bout them blooms?
Not ordinary, that's for sure! Beautiful, elegant, white petals. Sometimes six, eight or twelve of them, but who cares and who is counting anyway? One whiff of your wonderfully sweet fragrance erases all of the ordinariness about you.
Might as well talk about when your not in bloom. Yea, let's talk about that a minute. Your sturdiness does not go unnoticed. In storms, you do not bend nor break. As a matter of fact, you barely lose a leaf! Often, I have coveted your ability to withstand stress without experiencing structural damage.
Who knew, God, in His great wisdom, would make a human version of you?
If you looked up the word 'steel magnolia'
I'm sure you would find her picture there.
Such a tiny,frail , wee woman
yet so courageous, iron willed and strong.
She loved the Lord, her church and family too.
Always being about the Father's business
with so very much to do.
Her voice was soft as an angel's whisper
but there was stead fast conviction
In all that she spoke.
She's gone to be with her Jesus now
We will miss her sorely, but get by somehow.
Heaven will enjoy a sweeter fragrance for sure;
as the sweetest "steel magnolia"
Makes her abode in heaven, with Jesus so pure.
*Mrs. Chassie Aubrey Stamper
Our friend in Christ
Left for Glory July 11, 2010
She was 95 years old.*
Southern Magnolias grow in the southeastern part of the United States.
Such is not the case with "Steel Magnolias" as they can be found most anywhere...if you take notice that is. Look around you. Who is the "Steel Magnolia" in your life?
If you find one, give 'em a big hug and tell them you love them.