Way back in 2008 I wrote two articles that I have come across again. Ironically, both of them were lessons God had taught me with some flowers. Today I would like to share them with you.
Lessons on Humility
One day, while ambling through a field, a small flower at my feet caught my attention. It was a small, purple, bell shaped flower, though I don’t know what kind. Looking around, I noticed several more scattered across that lonely field.
A question came to my mind. “ Why would these beautiful flowers be hidden here where no one sees and appreciates them? What is their purpose if they are hidden, and then die once fall comes, never ‘useful’ for anything?”
Then the answer dawned on me, like a thunderbolt from heaven. Their purpose is just to glorify God! They don’t need anyone else to see them. Every little flower… just the fact that they exist as God created them, is an act of praise to their Maker.
I was convicted when I realized the truth of this lesson that God sent. My flesh often wants to be noticed, to be “on stage” doing “great things for God” in order to be noticed. It seems a “waste” to see other talented lives, hidden behind the scenes.
God brought a wonderful lesson through the periwinkle. Our purpose in life is to live for God’s glory, even if no one else sees us. The hidden flowers are seen by God and simply glorify Him by being what He created them to be.
Applying it to Motherhood
Often motherhood is a lonely, hidden job. Let us remember that God placed us here, and we can be faithful simply because we are living to glorify Him. As much as we desire to be seen by others, what matters is if we are doing God’s will.
Lessons on Perspective
Another lesson God taught me came through the sunflower.
First of all, sunflowers never look at themselves. Have you noticed that sunflowers face the East? They look at the sun that rises before them. So should we be continually looking at the Son, and not at ourselves. The Son should be raised higher and higher in our lives.
We should also keep our conscience clear and let nothing come between us and the Son. Sunflowers don’t grow well in the shade. Whenever sin comes between us and the Son, we should clear it up at once.
Another lesson from the sunflower is unity. In a field of sunflowers, all of them face the same direction. So should Christians all face toward the Son in unity and love.
Lastly, sunflowers bear fruit. By keeping our face toward the Son of God, and by being warmed by His love, we will bear the fruits of the spirit.
With Love we will love fallen son-flowers and help them face the Son again.
With Joy we will live in the joy of the Son.
With Peace from the Son we will face the winds and storms of life.
With Long-suffering we will bear with and forgive those who hurt us.
With Goodness we will be obedient to the Son.
With Meekness we will accept when others correct us.
With Faith we will believe God’s Word that we will receive a reward.
With Temperance we will be self-controlled, or Son-controlled with our words and how we spend our time.
Applying it to Motherhood
We can be beautiful Son-flowers! Even in the busy stages, we can remember to keep our focus on God, and get strength from Him.
Save it for Later!
I believe God gave us flowers for beauty, but also to teach us something. Even in the Bible He uses them to teach us a lesson about not worrying about our clothes. (Matthew 6:28-29) Learn to observe the little flowers and see what they teach you.