- The Flowers Part 1: Greenhouses
- The Flowers Part 2: Professional Growers
- The Flowers Part 3: The Flower Meetings
Disclaimer: the following is a fictional story. It is not intended to reflect correct historical order, real motives for different institutions and practices, or a thorough theological study. It simply illustrates a point. Thank you.
Through all this time very few consulted the Great Gardener and many found the ways written in the Journals of his earliest followers to be antiquated and no longer conducive to flower growth in their new environment. Since those early people did not keep flowers in greenhouses or have to deal with the overhead and limitations of paying a professional to care for their flowers their techniques really could not transfer to the modern flower growing process. The professional could not be expected to do all the things that the Journals explained that flowers needed. He could not be there constantly to care for and water the flower, and since the people only came once (or maybe twice) a week and had no idea how to care for their flower they could not be expected to help in the effort. So the flower was not cared for constantly as the flowers had been in the early days, this is why new techniques had to be developed and the modern flower growers could not be expected to hold to the old ways of water, sunlight, and nutrients.
As the years went by the limitations of the professional, the ignorance of the people, and the lack of funds for nutrients and water sadly left the flowers in poor shape. Surprisingly very few even noticed though, they had become so familiar with calling the greenhouse “the flower” and the meeting “the flower” that they forgot (or had never heard!) that there was a real flower somewhere in there. Most of the professionals’ speeches surrounded ideas about getting more people to come to the flower(the meeting at the greenhouse), giving more money to the upkeep of the flower(the greenhouse) and the erection of new flowers(greenhouses) and inviting the people to enjoy all the different programs other then the flower(the regular meeting) that were being held at the flower(the greenhouse) throughout the rest of the week. A lot was said about the Great Gardener and the early Journals, but He was rarely consulted in matters concerning the flower and the Journals became difficult for the people to understand or relate to without the aid of the professionals.
There were some who felt very disappointed and discouraged by what they saw happen to the beautiful flowers of the Great Gardener. They began cultivating new land and grew flowers the way the Journals explained under the guidance of the Great Gardener. They felt like everyone should be involved in the growing process of the flowers and that they didn’t need to consult professionals since they had the Great Gardener to consult. This group was small but they found the work satisfying and meaningful and as they began to tell people how they were growing flowers many joined them, finding that they were disappointed with what had generally become of flower growing. These people found the experience amazing. Being able to see the beauty and vibrancy of the flowers and knowing they were participating in the work of growing the flowers gave them a great sense of unity with their fellow growers and peace knowing that they were working for the Great Gardener, and trying to grow the flowers the way he wanted.