[The flower falls: The beautiful things we miss]
August already feels like it’s going by too fast. Summer will soon turn to Fall; with it the flowers themselves will fall, and leaves will take on their glorious amber hues before they too drop swiftly to the ground. Where does the time go? I feel like I haven’t taken enough time to smell the roses yet.
Speaking of flowers, have you ever driven past a field of sunflowers? I don’t know about you, but the sunny glow of a field of sunflowers always inspires me and makes me smile.
Okay, so I’m a lady, and ladies like flowers… and like Shrek pointed out as he rehearsed what he would say to Fiona, being a guy, he didn’t think much of flowers, but he figured Fiona would. Why did I just say all of that? Because, yes being that I’m a lady I do like sunflowers, and flowers in general, but if my focus was only on the flower itself, I think the inspiration could fade. Why? Well, because I’m a fickle creature just like the rest of us.
We live in a world that’s always looking for the next best thing. We live more by how we feel, rather than by what’s really true. Inspiration fades because we get caught up in the trials and the troubles, and our favorite things can fade or change throughout our life; our favorite people, places, colours, foods–you name it. Every time the next best thing comes along, our interests wane, and it’s out with the old and in with the new. However, what inspires me when I see a field of sunflowers, isn’t just how amazing the sight of it is, it’s also the realization that the sunflower is one of God’s masterpieces. It’s God’s artistry on display. A constant reminder to me.
This is how I look at all flora and fauna. It’s hard to look at it and not be inspired. It’s also difficult not to feel His presence and His peace in it. Every time I look at our two cats it’s the same thing. I see a reflection of their Creator. (Ironically, one of our cats just entered the room as I was typing this, meowed VERY LOUDLY, and freaked the daylights out of me, which also made me laugh pretty good too!). Don’t tell me God doesn’t have a sense of humor! (I think she was telling me to get off the computer). 😛
We take things for granted, and we forget what gifts they truly are. The good things God has given us: the beautiful things all around us, the people who make our lives worth living, and even God Himself. He too has given Himself to us, though we don’t always take Him up on His offer.
“Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” –John 8:12
“Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live, and everyone who lives and believes in me shall never die. Do you believe this?” –John 11:25-26
I write a lot of deep and often heavy things, which I love, but sometimes I forget to take some time to “smell the roses”. This isn’t a good thing. So, I’m thankful for the reminders and the nudges to rest in Him and rejoice always. Things change. They can even change very quickly and unexpectedly, but one thing endures forever: the word of our God. Obviously, I can’t forget this point so easily because I’m engrossed in it, but I do lose sight of what it truly means: I can relax, because God hasn’t forgotten a single detail, and He’s not going anywhere. I can take time to enjoy the good things that God has given me then.
I do sometimes lose sight, believe it or not, of God Himself in all of the vocabulary that I continue to work my way through: perseverance, patience, works… and the list goes on. I may write about God, but I can definitely focus too heavily on the heavier things. However, Jesus said Himself, “and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” Sometimes I act as if I’m the one who has to carry the weight of the world, but this just isn’t true.
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” –Matthew 11:28-30
Next time you see a field of sunflowers, or any flower for that matter, do me a favor–appreciate it for what it means: God is with us. He’s for us–not against us. Then, think about the glory of the Lord, because you’re looking at a bit of it right there. He has provided more than we’ll ever need. If flowers aren’t your thing, surely there’s something God has created that is your thing. Don’t forget the people in your life, who are themselves gifts from Him. Be thankful, and take time to enjoy everything that He’s provided. It all goes by so fast, and if you blink you might just miss it.
Open up our eyes Lord.
There’s a song below the following verse if your interested. If you’re anything like me it will make you cry, but crying is better than laughing (Ecclesiastes 7:3).
“But encourage each other every day while it is “today.” Help each other so none of you will become hardened because sin has tricked you.” –Hebrews 3:13
“And the glory of the LORD will be revealed, and all people will see it together. For the mouth of the LORD has spoken.”A voice says, “Cry out.” And I said, “What shall I cry?” “All people are like grass, and all their faithfulness is like the flowers of the field. The grass withers and the flowers fall, because the breath of the LORD blows on them. Surely the people are grass. The grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of our God endures forever.” –Isaiah 40:5-8
Music that Speaks
I knew I’d use this song eventually, I just didn’t know when or how. I found out!