For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through endurance and the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope. —Romans 15:4

Friday, April 13, 2012

Crayola Garden

Luke 12:25-28
Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to your life? Since you cannot do this very little thing, why do you worry about the rest. “Consider how the wild flowers grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you, not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today, and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, how much more will he clothe you—you of little faith!

I had no idea how much I missed growing a flower garden, until I planted tulips about a month ago. When we moved to our home, five years ago, I left behind two sizeable flower beds and a few plants growing around the yard. I decided that I didn’t have time to tend flowers at our new house. Despite my neglect, peonies, day lilies, touch-me-nots and a few daffodils bloomed each year. Even though I gave no effort to the existing “garden”, the plants flowered and added color to my day. Now that I’ve started adding a few new plants, I’m excited to see more of God’s splendor blossom.

Seeing the beautiful shades of Crayola colored buds reminded me that God dressed the patch in all of his glory. He provided sunshine and rain and an amazing photosynthetic process that fed the green stems. He supplied everything the plants needed. Jesus reminds me in the book of Luke that God not only cares for the flowers, he cares for me. He offers grace for my sins, he gives me what I need, and he loves me no matter what. As yards and gardens fill with color, I pray that they be a reminder of God’s eternal devotion and mercy.

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