Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Flowery Truths

The multitude of flowers always blooming is just one of the many reasons I love Hawaii. Their striking beauty, variety and colors amaze me!

Perhaps I am especially blessed by them because I lack the botanical know-how and patience to choose and coax flowers to grow in my own yard here in Pennsylvania. 

Although some people have wonderful green thumbs, Dick tells everyone that we, on the other hand, have black thumbs. We can kill any plant in just a matter of weeks! 

God’s Word mentions flowers often, directing our attention to these fleeting beauties in order to teach us eternal truths:

 We grow and flourish like a wild flower; (Psalm 103:15)

A day is coming when the Lord Almighty will be like a glorious crown of flowers for his people who survive. (Isaiah 28:5)

The desert will rejoice, and flowers will bloom in the wastelands. (Isaiah 35:1)

Yes, grass withers and flowers fade, but the word of our God endures forever. (Isaiah 40:8)

I will be to the people of Israel like rain in a dry land. They will blossom like flowers; they will be firmly rooted like the trees of Lebanon. (Hosea 14:5)

Can any of you live a bit longer by worrying about it? And why worry about clothes? Look how the wild flowers grow: they do not work or make clothes for themselves. But I tell you that not even King Solomon with all his wealth had clothes as beautiful as one of these flowers. (Matthew 6:27-29)

What truths has God taught you through the prolific voice of the trumpet vine or the tinkling of coral bells in the breeze? Which life lessons have you learned in the faces of pansies and from the mouths of snap dragons?

1st Writes, my writing group, has been posting some of our stories of feeling God’s nudge through the petals of flowers. Check them out at these links:
Rose of Sharon by Dawn Hamsher
Flourishing Like a Wild Flower by Brianna Renshaw
The Desert Will Rejoice by Pam Williams

I would so enjoy reading a few words in the comment section about how God has used flowers to touch your heart.