Flowers – we love to grow a variety of these beauties, and surround ourselves with them. We fill decorative pots with them both inside and outside our homes. We plant them in our garden, around our sidewalks, and even have special flower gardens just to wander through and look at. Why? Because they brighten our day! Their vivid colors and soothing aromas have a profound effect on us. So we are careful to plant or place them in a very visible place, to be seen and enjoyed by everyone so that they might experience this same joy.
In order for these flowers to grow and thrive, we have to be sure they have good soil, plenty of water and organic foods. They need to be planted where they can grow in the sunlight.
Maybe you buy your flowers at the store, hand selecting them. You choose to put special ones on display in your kitchen to brighten everyone’s day. You arrange them in a pretty vase, you give them water, and place them where you want them to be prominent and most viewed.
Now: do you ignore them from this point and let them wither, dry out and die quickly?
Well, some do, but most people try to take care of their investment. I bet you would continue to care for them by changing the water, giving them plant food, trimming off the old ends to allow for fresh water and plucking out the dead leaves. This lengthens the flower’s life. The colors remain richer longer and the stems stay stronger because the water is absorbed easier. By caring for them even a little, they don’t wilt as quickly or die off as fast.
We are like the flowers; loved by our Creator, the Gardener, and made with a purpose. He keeps His eyes on us, provides for us food, living water, and gives us each a nice vase (body) to be in. He plants us where He wants us to shine and give Him glory.
We are His workmanship, so let your colors shine and brighten someone else’s day!
Matthew 6:28-30: “And why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which is alive and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith?”
Food for thought: What flower would you say you most resemble?
Fun fact: There are over 400,000 types of flowering plant species in the world. Some of the most beautiful flowers are the rose, tulips, orchids, sunflowers, lilies, daffodils, lotus, gladioli, lavender and bird of paradise.
Photo by: Kari Wiseman – Morning beauty