Darren is, by all standards, a self proclaimed "cactus geek". He loves the spiny little things to such an extent that, in our rapidly growing city, he rescues them from the desert before builders clear the land amid constantly emerging developments. This love affair began quite innocently enough when we were first married and our landlady gave him a single cactus in a terra cotta pot. For him, it was love at first sight, but quite frankly, I thought it was dreadful and, for the most part, chose to ignore it while patiently indulging him and his new treasure...that is, until the thing bloomed and I saw what a splendidly beautiful flower could come from such a menacing little plant! It was gorgeous. And to be honest, I was a little embarrassed that I had lived my entire life in the desert southwest without ever appreciating the potential these prickly plants possessed. His collection has grown from that lonely little cactus on our front porch to include, over time, hundreds more, many of which made the move with us when we moved to our new house four years ago. We've now got an entire portion of our backyard devoted to them, and I continue to be astounded by their amazing beauty.
How wondrous is our God.