Me and my hubby Hugo had always had an obsession with anything Mexican- Latin inspired and succulent (cactus) plants.We incorporated even a Mexican feel to our wedding back in 2011, using Mexican bingo cards as our seating plan. Mexican artist Frida Kahlo is one of my favourite artists. I love her story and always related to her when I was studying art. She also experienced health problems like me and used to paint in bed whilst being sick. Her art became a way of expressing and escaping her pain. My stunning, inspiring painting lecture used to compare me to Frida and when I felt sick, she tried encouraging me to paint in bed, just like Frida! hehe thank you Janine you are so sweet and it really made an impact on me to keep going.
I have known the owner of the cacti nursery and her two lovely daughters for a while. She is really passionate about these plants and can turn any garden into a cactus, succulent paradise! (if that is a thing!) Her nursery was filled with the most beautiful cacti and succulents! She has about 5 green houses filled with teeny-tiny succulents, all the way to a giant tequila cacti! I love cacti and succulents because I don’t have a great history of keeping any other plants alive. ( no green fingers for me).
My love for all things Mexican and cactus, made me think even more about he Symbolism behind these plants. They are also beautiful creations of God, so what do they mean and what can we learn from them?
The basic definition of a succulent is a plant that has thick leaves or stems which store water. It stores water for times of drought. Most species are found growing in regions that do not receive a lot of rain. What a beautiful symbolic picture to think about. If we can feed our spirits with scripture and knowledge of the Bible. When ever there might be a drought (tough times) we will have this in our hearts. We will have these scriptures memorised, we will have theses truth and promises in our hearts, to survive for these difficult times and seasons of drought in our life’s.
Another great fact bout these plants: The spines (thorns, stickers) of a cactus are highly modified versions of plant leaves, there are very few cacti species with true plant leaves. These sharp spines and the thick tough skin of the stem help to protect the cactus from animals who would otherwise have easy access to the liquid inside. Just like these plants we should know what we believe, who we are and our core being. So that no one can steal that from us and harm us. Basically it is so important to feed your soul all the time with Gods Word. To protect yourself from the world and people that will break your spirit and steal your joy. You should be so filled with water (truth) and protection (thorns) that no one and nothing can hurt you in seasons of drought.
We as mothers will do anything for our kids. We are tough and will protect our children no matter what, just like a cacti plant. The cactus is a symbol of maternal love because it can endure and thrive in harsh conditions and therefore symbolic of a mother’s unconditional love.
James 1:2-4 “Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. And let endurance have its perfect result, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.”
Photography: Go Urban Photography
Thank you Aloes 4 U (tannie Nonnie)