Beauty at every stage…
Summertime in East Tennessee is filled with the scents, sounds and colors of nature. All manner of blooming things burst forth to bring joy and beauty to the world around us. From roadside patches of wild daisies and Queen Anne’s Lace to the fluffy blooms of the mimosa trees, the world seems awash with the glory of flowers.
Right now I am fascinated by the golden hues of the daylilies in various stages of development around my workplace gardens. Unlike human beings, these flowering beauties never seem to have an awkward stage. Even in the flower pod phase their detail is exquisite.
From here they start to unfurl their trumpet-shaped blooms and reveal the yellow-orange flowers that contrast so beautifully with their green leaves and stems. No interior designer could create a prettier color scheme.
I always marvel at the simple, yet miraculous, way that our natural world perpetuates itself. Perennial plants and flowers that return year after year with little or no intervention from humans amaze me. We have a little patch of peonies in the front yard that we inherited when we bought our house. Neither Sweet Pea nor I are wizards with outdoor plants or landscaping, and our peonies have never received much care from us. Yet, every May, they return with their fluffy double blooms and sweet fragrance. Some years they have been affected by poorly-timed cold snaps, and other years we’ve enjoyed bumper crops of them. But they have never failed to come back.
The flowers remind me of God and His masterful craftsmanship. He could have made our world a sterile, grey place…but He chose instead to delight us, His ultimate creations, with color and beauty throughout nature. As I consider the lilies, I like to ponder how God must view us at our various stages. Does He see beauty in all the phases of our lives…of MY life?
Lord, make my life a lovely, fully-flowered blossom whose color and fragrance point people to my Maker, Savior and Friend.