Weekly bulletin article by Mike Johnson

Flowers are beautiful! There are so many different colors and smells! They come in a variety of textures and foliage. Their blossoms run the range from very small, even minute’ (like the water meal), to very large (like the rafflesia arnoldii that can measure 3 ft. across).

Yet, not all people like flowers to the same degree. I like to look at them and admire their beauty. However, I don’t want anyone to buy me any. My wife, on the other hand, loves them and enjoys getting them from time to time.

Flowers have value for many different occasions. They go well with any celebration: birthdays, anniversaries, weddings, etc. They also serve as comfort at funerals. They can be a pick-me-up following a relationship breakup. They can also help mend one that wants to start over.

Yet, the dominant theme for which flowers are used in Scripture is their fragility. I Peter 1:24-25 quotes Isaiah 40:6-8, “All flesh is as grass and all the glory of man as the flower of the grass. The grass withers and its flower falls away. But the word of the Lord endures forever.” Man’s life is short in years just like a flower. But, the word of the Lord will never die.

Another theme is found in the words of Jesus in Matthew 6:28-29, “So, why do you worry about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they neither toil nor spin and yet I say to you that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.” Flowers are cared for by God Himself. No beauty made by man can even come close to the beauty God created in flowers.

The next time you go to purchase flowers for someone maybe you will remember the lessons here from the flowers. They do not last very long but they are beautiful while they are here. And, their beauty is from God. No man can duplicate it!