My wife loves cut flowers. She delights in arranging them and prominently displaying them to add beauty and fragrance to the room. For a short period of time, they brighten our home and cheer our hearts. I think it is impossible to gaze at a beautiful flower and not see God’s handiwork. Martin Luther said, “God writes the gospel not in the Bible alone, but on trees and flowers and clouds and stars.”
Although the splendor of a flower may be limited in its duration, a part of its charm is that for the passing moment it fulfills its created purpose. In many respects, the lives of people we love are like flowers. The Psalmist says, “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 its place acknowledges it no longer. But the lovingkindness of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting on those who fear Him, And His righteousness to children’s children, To those who keep His covenant And remember His precepts to do them” (Psalm 103:14-18).
Family and friends add beauty and fragrance to our lives. Loved ones brighten our days, warm our hearts, and add purpose to our time on earth. We realize that our days with our loved ones may indeed be temporal, but for believers God’s word promises eternal life. “The grass withers, the flower fades, But the word of our God stands forever.” (Isaiah 40:8, NKJV).
Peter’s Epistle provides a wonderful affirmation of God’s promise, “For you have been born again, not of perishable seed, but imperishable, through the living and enduring word of God. For, all people are like grass, and all their glory is like the flowers of the field; the grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of the Lord endures forever.” (1 Peter 1:23-25, NIV). While the physical ‘flower’ of our life may fade, that is not the end. God’s word says, “But let me tell you something wonderful, a mystery I’ll probably never fully understand. We’re not all going to die – but we are all going to be changed” (1 Corinthians 15:51, MSG). The bloom of our earthly existence will surely fall away, but we shall burst forth in full bloom in heaven as God originally intended. “The corpse that’s planted is no beauty, but when it’s raised, it’s glorious” (1 Corinthians 15:43-45, MSG).
Prayer: Lord, thank you for the beautiful flowers that brighten our pilgrimage here. In faith, let us move forward with excitement, “because the creation itself also will be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God” (Romans 8:2).
~ Brother Roy