Aren't these strange looking flowers? Notice their long, fat stems. I guess they have been around here for awhile, but I just noticed them last fall. I was puzzled for quite a while as to what they could be. I finally found out they are cleomes, or spider flowers. And while most flowers have many meanings and symbols, these have only one, a very clear one. Come away with me! Between young sweethearts, a cleome asks the recipient to elope. Between long married couples, it asks if they would leave the world behind and get married all over again. Here is someone who asks us to come away with him, leave the world behind, and be promised the most beautiful stunning, and joyful world ever, a world beyond death. Come away with him.
"Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you'll recover your life. I'll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me-watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rythms of grace. I won't lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you'll learn to live freely and lightly." Matthew 11:28