May Flower Greetings!
If you read any of my newsletters from last Spring, you know that I love Spring, and especially I love flowers. I need flowers! For me, flowers show the creativity, the beauty, the abundance of God. In the Springtime they are colorful signs and remembrances of hope, and joy, and the goodness of God!
This Spring I have been watching the daffodils begin to bloom and I have again been amazed. It has been quite a chaotic Spring for the flowers, in my humble opinion. In the last couple of weeks, I’ve seen warm and sunny weather, windy and rainy weather, snowy and freezing weather, and then some sleet and hail. Yuck!
Often when we look at flowers, we think how delicate and fragile they look. I’ve even heard that phrase in movies or read it in books, “she was as delicate as a flower.” Well, after paying a bit more attention this Spring to the weather and flowers, I have newfound awe for these beautiful creations of God.
Not only do flowers remind me of the hope, joy, and goodness of God…this Spring they are reminding me of the steadfast, long-suffering love of God. That God is consistent, faithful, and always present even in the worst of circumstances when, like the weather, we are not.
I thought about the story in Luke as Jesus was entering the city of Jerusalem on what we celebrate as Palm Sunday. His disciples and the crowd were shouting, ““Blessed is the king who comes in the name of the Lord!” and “Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!” Some Pharisees were appalled by this and told Jesus to rebuke his disciples. Jesus replied, “I tell you, if they keep quiet, the stones will cry out.”
All creation is revealing the glory and splendor of its Creator and King! The daffodils are doing a particularly excellent job this year!