If Flowers Could Speak

The other day I was driving west out of town and noticed some beautiful wildflowers.  I wished I had a camera to capture their vibrant orange beauty in a green sea of bluestem.

The Bible often takes the simplest objects of nature and makes them into lessons.  What lessons can we learn from flowers?

One lesson that flowers teach us is THE ETERNITY OF GOD’S WORD.  “The grass withers, the flower fades, But the word of our God stands forever” (Isaiah 40:8).  Recently I bought my wife a beautiful bouquet of roses.  They were lovely – different shades of peach, yellow, and red.  Alas, they began to fade, and the petals fell off.  Finally they were fit only for the garbage container.  God’s Word never fades into irrelevance, never is proven false, never is superseded by a higher authority.  God’s Word is timeless, always applicable, always true, because God Himself is each of those.  Those who toss what God has said into the garbage do so at their own peril.  What He has said is true, and what He has predicted will come true.  Inevitably.  Do you and I live by His timeless truths?

In our back yard there are some beautiful, stately lilies.  They stand so tall and straight, and their regal, golden blossoms invite the eye to stare and drink in.    Jesus once said, "Consider the lilies, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; but I tell you, not even Solomon in all his glory clothed himself like one of these. {28} "But if God so clothes the grass in the field, which is alive today and tomorrow is thrown into the furnace, how much more will He clothe you? You men of little faith!” (Luke 12:27-28).  What lesson do the lilies teach us?  DON’T WORRY; TRUST IN GOD, AND HE WILL TAKE CARE OF YOU!  I like that lesson.  How about you?

A final lesson we learn from flowers is THE MORTALITY OF MAN. "What shall I call out?" All flesh is grass, and all its loveliness is like the flower of the field. {7} The grass withers, the flower fades, When the breath of the LORD blows upon it; Surely the people are grass” (Isaiah 40:6b-7).

Flowers are beautiful, but their beauty fades and dies.  We humans are marvelous, the crown of God’s creation, but our beauty and vibrancy fade.  We grow old, we wrinkle, we become incapacitated, and we die.  A disconcerting thought, but unavoidable.

Jesus said, "I am the resurrection and the life; he who believes in Me will live even if he dies, and everyone who lives and believes in Me will never die. Do you believe this?" (John 11:25-26).  I leave you with His question.

    – James T. Bartsch

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This page updated March 17, 2014