If of thy mortal goods thou art bereft
And from thy slender store
Two loaves alone to thee are left,
Sell one, and with the dole,
Buy hyacinths to feed thy soul.
– Saadi, Persian poet
I’m curled up in the corner of my living room couch so my nose is about 2 feet away from these flowers as I type, reluctant to miss out on their heady scent while it’s mine to enjoy. I still remember the first time I smelled a hyacinth. It was a bright, vivid pink and I was attracted by the sturdy stalk covered with cheerful flowers. I leaned in for closer inspection and as the distinct fragrance flooded my senses for the first time, Saadi’s poem swiftly came to mind. Years later, I find myself responding the same way each time I spot them blooming in the yard. I close my eyes, breathe deeply and think, “Yes. To feed thy soul.”
It is true that my soul needs nourishment as surely as my body does. I am grateful for simple joys and beauties that accomplish it. Sometimes the feast comes in fresh flowers. Lately it’s also come in sunsets, new appreciation for the nearby mountain range, the curve of my daughter’s cheek, the chirping of birds, prayer, children’s picture books, color. I realize it’s all built into life beautifully by my Heavenly Father who perfectly understands the need – a feast there for the taking if I have eyes to see. Which reminds me of another favorite verse…
Earth’s crammed with heaven,
And every common brush afire with God,
But only he who sees takes off his shoes;
The rest sit round and pluck blackberries.
– Elizabeth Barrett Browning
Wishing you a day that feeds your soul in simple, wholesome ways, and eyes to see all that God is doing in your life.