There is something about this flower that beckons me closer to observe the beauty of each petal. The array of fuchsia with the stroke of white brightens God’s masterpiece, a vibrant display of His creation.
I know it is a real flower, but even up close it looks like a painting! How beautiful.
And it all began with a tiny seed. A seed planted by my mother, a lifelong gardener, who loves to care for her many plants and flowers that grace her colorful garden….a total rainbow of colors adorning each part of her home, from the front lawn to the backyard, a myriad exhibit of the love she has for gardening.
This flower did not bloom overnight. It took time for the seed to germinate, absorbing water from the soil, which triggered root growth. From the roots, shoots developed and as they started growing, they broke through the ground, allowing the plant to harvest energy from the sun.
What did it really take for this flower to bloom? Warmth, water and oxygen, and time, of course.
These flowers flourished under my mother’s care. On a daily basis, she watched over them, watering and moving the pots so they would receive the best lighting. I can only imagine her joy at watching the shoots grow and develop into tall stems, with small buds that later opened to become gorgeous colorful petals of flowers adorning her garden.
Joy. Yes, that is what I see when I watch my mother walk through the garden picking up leaves, making sure there are no snails munching on her plant’s leaves, alongside satisfaction when she mows the lawn. A well kept garden that appeals to both children and adults, when people walk in the neighborhood, they stop to take pictures, admiring nature’s beauty.
I see it as a glimpse into God’s love. Psalm 139 speaks of how “God made all the delicate, inner parts of my body and knit me together in my mother’s womb. Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex! Your workmanship is marvelous – how well I know it. You watched me as I was being formed in utter seclusion, as I was woven together in the dark of the womb. You saw me before I was born. Every day of my life was recorded in your book. Every moment was laid out before a single day had passed,” verses 13-16.
Just as God took the time to create a wide variety of seeds which transform into beautiful flowers, He decided to bring you and I to the world through our parents. How amazing it must have been for our mothers to have felt that very first inkling that led them to acknowledge they were carrying life in their wombs! And then to see and feel, on a daily basis, the changes in their bodies as they accommodated to the growth within. The changes were not just physical, but emotional as well. And then the day arrived when they were rushed to the hospital, as their bodies let them know it was time for their babies to be born. What a beautiful representation of a parents’ love, of God’s love.
And thus we came into the world, wailing at being thrust outside the womb into our own space. Just as the shoots broke through the soil and started to grow becoming stems, we also grew strong as we drank our mother’s milk, from crawling to starting to walk upright, until we’re running, having gained strength and confidence in our ability to balance, which allows us to make choices of where we want to be and how to get there.
Our physical transformation takes years until we become an adult; a flower’s full transformation to its peak takes weeks or months.
Where is the beauty found? Where is the love? It’s in the process. Just as the seed drank the water through the soil, and our cells reproduced.
We are a work in process. Philippians 1:6, And I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns.
Just as we physically came into the world, we also entered a spiritual world. When we acknowledge Jesus Christ as our personal Savior, we receive the Holy Spirit, Who lives within.
Some people struggle with the concept, as they say they can’t see Him or touch Him or have a conversation with God. I say He’s all around us.
He’s in the transformation process. He’s in the Bible, and He’s in the people that believe in Him. That is where you can see Him, and hear from and about Him. He’s also in the still and small voice of silence.
Psalm 46:10 Be still and know that I am God.
Take a moment to take a deep breath, and release. He’s right there with you, in that space, in that moment. It’s His love that maintains you, just as it is the elements that He created that support flowers and plants.
Father, thank You for Your amazing love which You shower us with through nature and the people who surround us. Bring us to a deeper awareness of Who You are and Who we belong to. In Your Son’s most precious name, Jesus Christ, Amen!