Initially the lilacs chose the Earth mission because it sounded like such an adventure. The place was known, after all, for its challenges and extremes. Well, that, and for its incredible beauty.
They had to undergo rigorous testing before they were approved. Successful candidates for the program had to be resilient and hardy, able to withstand wide-ranging contrasts of heat and cold, to survive in rich and poor soils, to stand against buffeting winds and pummeling rains. Most of all, they had to have strong hearts.
During their first few years of the mission, they found out why they had to be so strong. The planet’s reputation for challenges and extremes was well deserved, they learned; they were indeed put to the test. It was everything they could hope for in an adventure.
As for the beauty of the place, it was indescribable, and the lilacs were filled with bliss just to have a part in its unfolding.
As the years passed, the lilacs discovered something more. So many of the people who lived on earth were lost, and confused, and filled with pain. They had, for the most part, forgotten who they were and so they fought with one another and caused each other great distress and pain. It was heart-wrenching to watch.
How meaningful it was, then, for the lilacs to discover that they had the power, simply by expressing their own nature, to bring the humans comfort with their beauty, and to heal their spirits with their perfume. It gave the flowers a sense of purpose that elevated their souls and made every challenge worthwhile. They had dreamed of adventure, and discovered, in service, pure joy.