Monday, August 8, 2016

Start Your Week in the Word - Flowers of the Field

August in Texas is hot. Even though this year is milder than quite a few in recent memory, the fact remains that it is undeniably hot. The kind of heat that sucks your will to do ... whatever your intention (you can no longer remember because brain cells are frying) was when you exited the house ... right out of your head: a whisp of steam vanishing into the gossamer landscape.

The once-green grasses have bleached in the sun and stand sentry in the yard, brittle daggers that can pierce the thin rubber soles of my summer flip-flops. Mowing is no longer necessary. The graceful wildflowers that splashed the landscape with a palette of spring are a bright memory or dry ghosts whispering threats of wildfire.



The Bible compares our lives to those of the grasses and flowers:
As for man, his days are like grass; 
As a flower of the field, so he flourishes. 
When the wind has passed over it, it is no more,
 And it's place acknowledges it no longer. 
- Psalms 103:15

And the rich man is to glory in his humiliation, because like flowering grass he will pass away. 
- James 1:10


What is the point then? Why create something that will wither and fade and be forgotten? Ah - forgotten by whom? The flower's place may no longer acknowledge it ... but if God can number the ever-changing hairs on our heads, might He be able to remember a flower? To remember us?

The grass withers, the flower fades, But the word of our God stands forever.
 - Isaiah 40:8


Does God care about flowers? Solomon's temple was arrayed in "open flowers" carved in cedar. He created flowers. He chose to clothe them in delicate petals in a rainbow of hues and perfume them (with a few exceptions) with a pleasant scent. Long after the flower falls ... fruit springs forth, and honeycomb drips with distilled nectar. Yes, I believe God cares very much about flowers.

And why are you worried about clothing? Observe how the lilies of the field grow; they do not toil nor do they spin, yet I say to you that not even Solomon in all his glory clothed himself like one of these. But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which is alive today and tomorrow is thrown into the furnace, will He not much more clothe you?
- Matthew 6:28-30 
Yes, He cares about the flowers ... but there it is in Jesus' own words - He cares much more for you.


2 comments:

  1. Beautiful words and pictures! I often find inspiration in the progress of nature, and I am trying to do that now even though I am so *tired* of the heat this summer! Thank you for the reminder:)

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  2. I found this such a sweet reminder of the rest and peace available to us. Why is it so hard to lean back and allow Him to care for us as he does for the flowers? We confuse constant activity for what should be our grateful response: rest, peace, ultimately, joy! Thank you Amanda!

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