Flowers by God

Great are the works of the Lord, studied by all who delight in them. – Psalm 111:2

Consider the lilies, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. – Luke 12:27

A child is born and we marvel at the intricate elegance of a new-born life. A beautiful sunset can capture our attention for as long as it lasts. I love flowers. From calla lilies to hollyhocks, roses to bougainvillea bracts their shapes, colors, and textures intrigue me. Scripture points us to these things as a matter of study, attention, and focus.

The creations of God tells us something about him. St. Paul says that creation reveals God’s invisible attributes and divine power (Romans 1:20). Jesus tells us to consider the lilies, and to gain insight about God’s care, an provision. In other words, creation’s beauty and splendor are not intended just for our amusement, but for our edification. We are to learn some things about God by what we see in the world around us.

As we consider the beauty of creation it might be easy to be get stuck on the creation rather than the Creator. God’s desire is to be known, and creation offers a glimpse of his nature. The fullest expression of God’s character and nature is the Rose of Sharon, Jesus Christ. Consider him and his way of life, his example, his love, his sacrifice, and his promise and gift of eternal life. That’s worth considering, and learning, by that means, about God.

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