Shirin McArthur

prayerful pondering



DSC_2149 flower carpetLast summer we were driving on the interstate south of Flagstaff, Arizona, and came across this carpet of wildflowers.  In the desert, wildflowers bloom only when there is sufficient, regular rainfall, so this was a rare, and spectacular, occurrence.

The summer rain we’ve had in Silver City this year is the most this area has had in at least 3 years. Many seeds (including, unfortunately, ragweed!) have waited for years, biding their time, for this blooming season. There are lots of wildflowers blooming here now, with different ones appearing each week. As I admire the varied colors and shapes, and sneeze, I find myself wondering…what within me is wanting, or waiting, to bloom? What within me needs water in order to bloom–and what type of “water” does it need?

Saturday afternoon I gave a presentation on Hildegard of Bingen to a group of women. Hildegard was a medieval prophetess, mystic, composer, healer, environmentalist…the list of her many accomplishments goes on, and on. I wonder where she found the “water” she needed to bloom, in a time and place that didn’t provide much “water” to women. She blossomed anyway, and we are still gathering her seeds today. And so I pray to be inspired–even watered–by her example.

What within you is waiting to bloom?

What is your “water”?


Author: Shirin McArthur

I'm a spiritual guide, retreat leader, writer and editor.

2 thoughts on “Blooming

  1. An interesting insight that Hildegard bloomed in spite of the drought conditions for women of her time. Makes me wonder if it is more about interior freedom, than external permission. Our homily today was a meditation on what we need to give up, and let go of to follow Jesus – the freedom of God made flesh. I need to give up waiting to be watered by someone else to be true to who I am called to be in this moment. Rhoda


  2. The seasons certainly lend themselves to reflecting on Hildegard. You might be interested in having a look at some of blogs too – I am writing a weekly letter to Hildegard The blossoms are blooming where I live right now as spring finds its home in South Australia.


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