The beautiful jacaranda blossoms only come out once a year. An Aussie friend once told me that when growing up, the jacaranda’s purple blooms signaled that it was nearly exam time. Throughout October and November the trees dot neighbourhoods with their beautiful colour. But my favourite part is the confetti of purple that the jacarandas leave on the ground.
On a recent walk to work, spotting a carpet of purple beneath one jacaranda tree made me think about the nearly carpet-like trains of fabric that are dragged behind a king or queen. Indeed, the colour purple is even synonymous with royalty.
As quickly as that connection entered my thoughts, the verse from 1 Peter 2:9 came to mind:
But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.
That’s an amazing reminder for the start of my day.