Have you ever been left in complete amazement at how the Lord uses ordinary every day things to get your attention?
The other day I was running around with my 3 year old niece, who would gather handfuls of flowers and hand them to me. As she handed me the first cluster of flowers, I noticed something I had never seen before.
When I looked at the flowers in light of the sun, they sparkled as if covered in glitter. Each flower had the same effect regardless of the kind or color of the flower itself.
However, when I put the face of the flower to the shadows, the glimmer it possessed disappeared. Such an amazing sight that I continuously put the flower in the sunlight, then back in the shadows, to see if my eyes were just playing tricks on me, but the sparkles remained every time they were turned toward the source they reflected.
My first thought was that the Lord has so much fun creating things that reflect Him and display His beauty. But I then realized that these flowers were actually covered in His Glory dust as they reflected their Creator!
This ordinary flower was displaying majesty by simply facing the sun. However, since the flower was uprooted and placed in my hand, it quickly began to wither. The longer the little plant remained in my hand and plucked up from it’s bush, the more it wilted and the faster the life faded from of it.
The flower is a beautiful picture of spiritual life. When we behold the Son, and the more we do so, the more we reflect His glory and majesty. Like a flower that cannot help but to reflect the glory of the One who created it, neither can we help but reflect the glory of the Son as we behold Him.
The small handful of drooping petals shows that there is life in us only as we keep connected to the vine. In John 15, this idea is used by Jesus to illustrate that we need to abide in Him and He in us, for without Him and apart from His life, we cannot live, nor can we bloom without being rooted. Yet in the same way the flower fades as it is taken away from it’s source, so too do we fade when we are removed from the Son’s light and life.
In life, it is so easy to get caught up in the news, in the busyness of routine, and before we know it we are sent in a thousand different directions trying to keep up. But what would happen if in the craziness of life, we simply turned our face to the Creator and for a minute, maybe a short prayer, beheld the Son of God? In a world that never slows down, we can find peace, renewal of strength and refreshing for our soul by simply calling out to the Lord and inviting Him to take over, to bring rest in exchange for our weariness.
A flower is made as a glory dusted reflector that reveals so much about it’s Maker, and if a flower can reflect the majesty of our God, then how can we learn how to the same since that is what we are designed to do?
“I am the true vine, and my Father is the vinedresser. 2 Every branch in me that does not bear fruit he takes away, and every branch that does bear fruit he prunes, that it may bear more fruit. 3 Already you are clean because of the word that I have spoken to you. 4 Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me. 5 I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing.
“For he will be [nourished] like a tree planted by the waters,
That spreads out its roots by the river;
And will not fear the heat when it comes;
But its leaves will be green and moist.
And it will not be anxious and concerned in a year of drought
Nor stop bearing fruit.
Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers; 2 but his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night. 3 He is like a tree planted by streams of water that yields its fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither. In all that he does, he prospers.
Consider the lilies and wildflowers, how they grow [in the open field]. They neither labor nor spin [wool to make clothing]; yet I tell you, not even Solomon in all his glory and splendor dressed himself like one of these.
And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another. For this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit.
~2 Corinthians 3:18~
Let everything that has breath praise the Lord.
Praise the Lord.
For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.
~ 2 Corinthians 4:6~
16 that according to the riches of his glory he may grant you to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in your inner being, 17 so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith—that you, being rooted and grounded in love.