This my constant prayer: "keep me soft, keep me humble." Especially in times of dissension or distress that naturally cause me to put walls up to protect myself. Especially then, I want to choose to stay open and vulnerable. I've been diving deep into this truth: vulnerability is required to experience true intimacy. This comes by trusting that the one I am being vulnerable with will defend me at all times. I am learning that God fights for me, guards me, and protects me while I can simply rest - for the jealous love of a lover will defend even unto death.
The blooming poppy among the waves represents vulnerability in two ways. Firstly, it is transparent, honest and allows itself to be seen through. Secondly it is fragile, its petals are soft, its core is still blooming, and opening itself up to the elements.