Weekly, I help tend to a community garden. When I began working in the garden, it was quite a site, overgrown from the winter months and needed much attention. Having put in the sweat equity, the harvest is beautiful and the bounty tasty. When I harvest the veggies, I usually gather some flowers for a small arrangement. They are bright, bursting with color and bring delight to me, a ray of sunshine and the fruit of my labor.
I cut the vibrant flowers in the garden, but when I get home, they are wilted. Within minutes of cutting f the stems and putting them in water, they begin to perk up. By an hour’s time, they look as good as they did in the garden.
But no matter how much care I give them, no matter how many times I change the water, add an aspirin or plant food eventually the flowers will die. They are not connected to the root. The root provides the vehicle to get water and nourishment from the soil to the flowers and keep the life cycle working.
I am reminded of the above scripture about the flowers fading. No matter how beautiful, no matter how hardy, they will ultimately fade. They have a season, a particular time to do what they were created to do.
In some ways, we are like these flowers. In the garden of life, God has made everything beautiful. We are individualized, different colors, different sizes, different shapes, requiring different things to walk out His plan for our lives.
Sometimes we have difficult seasons, seasons of lack, seasons of sorrow, seasons of sickness. But during these times, God has given us His Word to keep us connected to Him and fully sustained. His Word is not seasonal. He has given us the Word to reach seasons of abundance, the Word to attain seasons of joy, and the Word to grasp seasons of health and healing. God’s Word is a constant you can count on. It will never fade, weaken, or disappear, and will stand and endure forever. It will empower you, promote you, protect you, lift you, garner your heart, and search you. Tend to it, rest in it, keep it in your mouth, eyes, ears, and heart. It is life and health.
Enjoy this bouquet of flowers and have a God week.
Harriet Noel Jones