[You are the light of the world]
There’s just something special about wildflowers. At least I think so. As foxgloves, daisies and poppies grow up along the roadside, I smile within and without. I think of mountain adventures. I remember collecting floral specimens with my mom, and pressing our findings among the pages of a book.
I also think of the drive through those craggy mountains, and the surprise, as well as the joy, of seeing clusters of dainty flowers blooming between the crevices of rock. How do wildflowers ever bloom in such rough and rocky places? They display the splendor of the Lord as they grow and bloom, bringing warmth and beauty wherever they show up.
As followers of Christ (or flowers of Christ even), we too can grow and bloom like wildflowers; a splash of vibrant colour to light dark places, blessing others with the surprise of our showing up; pointing all to the One who sustains us, enriches us, blesses us, and causes us to bloom in even the most difficult growing conditions.
Though wildflowers appear as if they’ve been left unattended, they grow quite hardily, even during the driest of Summers. For our God is a seasoned gardener, leaving not even one of His perennials to wither or fall before it’s time. He waters as needed, and withholds when necessary, so that we may continue to thrive as we grow and bloom.
In Jesus we are free like the wildflower, yet cultivated to be a light to the world. We share the gospel of Jesus Christ to show others the way to become free as well; (John 3:16-17) we reflect His beauty by the good lives we live, as we lovingly look after the needs of others. Just as Jesus came to serve, we serve, watering even those who don’t return that same love.
“You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. –Matthew 5:14
“For even the Son of Man [Jesus Christ] came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” –Mark 10:45
“Be careful to live properly among your unbelieving neighbors. Then even if they accuse you of doing wrong, they will see your honorable behavior, and they will give honor to God when he judges the world.” –1 Peter 2:12
“Whoever brings blessing will be enriched, and one who waters will himself be watered.” –Proverbs 11:25
“Do to others as you would have them do to you.” –Luke 6:31
“Do not repay evil with evil or insult with insult. On the contrary, repay evil with blessing, because to this you were called so that you may inherit a blessing.” –1 Peter 3:9
“But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven. For he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust. For if you love those who love you, what reward do you have? Do not even the tax collectors do the same? And if you greet only your brothers, what more are you doing than others? Do not even the Gentiles do the same? You therefore must be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect. –Matthew 5:44