Loss of Dignity (Spontaneity) – Violet

Posted on: August 15, 2010

Indigo and Violet.

Recently, I witnessed the transformation of a beautiful flowering bush, in the garden of a family I have been visiting. This shrub (a Russian sage) has spires of bluish-purple flowers, and is a bit like a more abundantly flowering, and softer (ie not at all prickly) version of lavender. It was looking great, and then we had an afternoon of really heavy rain.

Afterwards, the bush was a comical sight. Utterly bent over, the stems grew out at a right angle, lying virtually horizontal. By the next day, however, its natural dignity had been restored. The flower stems were growing normally, reined in more tightly to the bush’s stake. The ‘gardener of the house’ had pulled the prone stems vertical, a surprisingly heavy task because of how well the bush had been thriving, and re-tied it with string. Maybe for the shrub, an even more undignified process than the initial trampling!

Comedy is so often connected to loss of dignity. The phrase ‘things going pear-shaped’ implies there is something silly-looking about something perfectly spherical, that suddenly sags. Things going wrong and out of shape, speak to us of lack of control, and make us smile, too.

The Biblical David was accused of lacking dignity, one day when he danced joyfully before God, by one of his wives. He danced with wild abandon in praise of the Lord, but his wife Michal despised him in her heart. As a result, she was unable to bear children. The incident spurred David on to vow to be ‘yet more undignified’ in praise of His God.

Perhaps whenever we allow regard for our own dignity, to stand in the way of the creation of something beautiful and glorious, we are playing into the enemy’s mindset of barrenness. If a child wants us to play-act at something rather ridiculous, if we forget ourselves and our adult dignity for a few minutes, we will be the richer for the experience.


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  • Carole: Beautiful!
  • Amy: Sounds like a beautiful color and dress. And I would love to see a picture of that tree! I do love trees of all kinds, and you make some great points
  • Amy: What a beautiful poem or song to God, love it! We're exciting to see spring here up in the northeast after a long, cold, snowy winter! Blessings, A