Small Town America

Another thing we really enjoy at the county fair is the flower competition.  They have so many varieties; mums, dahlias, sunflowers, roses,.zinnias and some I’ve never seen before. I love most flowers, but some are just plain ugly.  I think snap dragons and the red velvet cones are at the top  of that list.

The Bible makes many references to flowers.  In Song of Solomon it calls Jesus the lily of the valley and the beautiful Rose of Sharon.  These are both lovely flowers and the lily of the valley will make the air around it smell wonderful.  Isaiah 35:1 tells us that when Israel is restored, even the wilderness and desert will rejoice and bloom as a rose.

In Matthew 6:28-34  Jesus is talking about the lilies of  the field.  This scripture tells us that we have no reason to worry about temporal things.  We can’t change things anyway and If God loves the lily of the field enough to care for it, surely He will provide for us.  Flowers do not toil or spin; they do not worry about food or drink or clothing. But, God cares for them.

If God cares that much about flowers, how much more does He care for us? He knows what we have need  of before we even ask.  He knows our pain and heart ache.  He knows our health conditions and family dynamics.  He knows our circumstances and how it will all play out in the end.  And, He loves us enough to make a way where there seems to be no way.

What a good God we serve!  Every minute of every day He is thinking of us, He is strengthening us.  He is encouraging us and bringing hope to our lives. Now, back to my question…

I think I choose to be a rose.  They are beautiful and fragrant.  They come in many styles and colors.  Each kind is unique in its own way, just like each of us are unique.  We all are humans because we belong to the human race, but we each are special and unique.  So, let’s enjoy our differences and take time to smell the roses; instead of hurrying through each day.

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