"Consider the lilies, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not clothed like one of these.” Luke 12:27
As I prepare this reflection in the last week of April, we have still been experiencing near-freezing temperatures and daily snow flurries! Nevertheless, this verse keeps running through my mind, helping me to have hope for the spring flowers that will eventually grow and bloom.
I love taking photos of flowers. For me, one of the best parts of summer hiking is noticing the flowers that grow along the path. Several years ago, while hiking with my aunt and my parents in the Rocky Mountains, I got interested in wildflowers. I began taking pictures of the flowers I saw and then poring over my wildflower books to check off each different kind of flower and writing down the date and on which trail I saw it. This became a bonding activity to do with my mom and my aunt, as we relaxed and recovered from our strenuous hikes each day.
Every once in a while, we would see a rare flower that none of us had ever seen before. We would call one another over to admire its beauty and speculate on what kind of flower it was. Maybe it was a variation of a flower we’d seen before, in a different color or size, or maybe it was a flower that usually blooms at another time of the year. Whatever it was, the name mattered less than the beauty of this unique creation that God was blessing us with at that particular time on that particular day. It was a tiny opportunity to marvel at the creative genius of God and the preciousness of each special detail.
This spring, as the flowers finally peek out of the ground and the buds on the trees pop out, I invite you take time to wonder at the majesty of God’s creation. Take note of the colors. Wonder about the shape of the leaves and blossoms. And remember that if God took such care in creating these, how much more must God have delighted in creating you?
Your sister in Christ,