Flowers by God…

“That is why I tell you not to worry about everyday life—whether you have enough food and drink, or enough clothes to wear. Isn’t life more than food, and your body more than clothing? 26 Look at the birds. They don’t plant or harvest or store food in barns, for your heavenly Father feeds them. And aren’t you far more valuable to him than they are? 27 Can all your worries add a single moment to your life?

28 “And why worry about your clothing? Look at the lilies of the field and how they grow. They don’t work or make their clothing, 29 yet Solomon in all his glory was not dressed as beautifully as they are. 30 And if God cares so wonderfully for wildflowers that are here today and thrown into the fire tomorrow, he will certainly care for you. Why do you have so little faith?

31 “So don’t worry about these things, saying, ‘What will we eat? What will we drink? What will we wear?’ 32 These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers, but your heavenly Father already knows all your needs. 33 Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.

34 “So don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today. – Matthew 6:25-43

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Flower by God | Nairobi, Kenya | February 2020

Many know of my “Flowers by God Photos by David” moniker. I use that for my photography pursuits to give witness to the creative glory of God and the sublime beauty of flowers and other created things which I enjoy photographing. Some of my work over the years has actually won significant prizes. I’ll include a slideshow below of some of those. Most of my work is politely received, and others’ works are appropriately honored. I’m in a club with some truly excellent photographers!

More important than my photography pursuits, however, is the implied truth behind God’s creation of flowers and birds, and other things of creation – including man and woman. God is good, and a creator who has given himself to his creation to redeem it. In the meantime God also preserves his creation. He provides for birds, flowers, trees, and men and women.

Jesus wants us to take note of the way he provides for his creation’s needs. He wants us to take note of these things. He wants us not only to see the birds and flowers. He wants us to take note of them.

This is one of the greatest challenges of photography: learning to see. Taking note of things. Not just passing by. One exercise for aspiring photographers is to go to your own back yard and photograph things there. It isn’t as easy as it sounds, but much easier than you might think. Seeing things. Taking note. Everything tells a story.

Birds and flowers tell the story of God’s creative glory and ongoing providential care. We cannot know everything about God by looking at birds and flowers, or even all of the vastness of creation. But we can know there is a God who created all things. We can recognize that we are his creatures. We can acknowledge that we are accountable to him.

We who have been told the fuller story of God’s love – shown in Jesus Christ’s life, death, resurrection and promise of eternal life – need also once in a while to take note of birds and flowers and thank God for his fatherly divine goodness and mercy by which he still takes care of us and all things. He does this without any merit or worthiness in me, and it is my duty to thank and praise, serve and obey him.

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