Rabbi Simon said,
“There is no plant without an angel in Heaven tending it and telling it, ‘Grow!'”
Genesis Rabba 10:7.
A couple of months ago, there was a small thistle plant near the back gate of my patio. And I was going to pull it out, as my boys and I use the back gate to access community green space and tennis courts. But then, one morning, I noticed a rabbit eating the thistle plant’s leaves, and I decided we humans could step around the little thistle.
Then, as the thistle grew and we began to get scratched on thorns when we used the door, baby rabbits began to visit, so I absolutely could not remove the “weeds” that were attracting them!!!
After much rain and sun, and the urging of its angel in Heaven, the thistle now covers most of the walkway and is five feet (1.5 m) tall!
And it blooms really beautiful purple flowers that attract hummingbirds and bees to drink from them…
And a rabbit still visits regularly, although I’m not sure if it’s the original adult or a grow-up baby…
My lease requires me to “maintain” my patio area, so I’m expecting my landlord to stop by one of these days and demand that I remove the thistle. I doubt she would be swayed by my story of rabbits and the thistle’s angel in Heaven… but until it’s required, I’ll going to keep thanking the angel who grew the thistle that has brought so much beauty and life to our patio this summer!
shavua tov, a good week, to all, jen