"Consider the lilies, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these." Luke 12:27
In college, one of my absolute favorite classes was Botany, the study of plants. To this day, I can still quote some trivial knowledge I learned in that class, like, an almond is not really a nut--it's a drupe, in the same family as peaches, cherries and plums. Throughout that semester, we also dissected an onion and learned about the reproductive anatomy of flowers and pinecones. Now, while to some that may seem like a less-than-thrilling way to spend a few months of time and tuition money, it wasn't to me. I think part of the reason I was and still am so enamored by the science of plants is because of my understanding of the one who created them. Not only did God make sweet fruit for us to eat and fragrant flowers for us to smell, he also created them with great, small, beautiful detail. Details in which Science is still trying so desperately to wrap it's head around.
So each season we get these little gifts that bloom. Like, right now, the lilies that I bought last week are still sending their sweet aroma all throughout my house. I step outside and can smell my Jasmine vine that's just started to bloom as well. These are all small reminders of a infinite God who gives good gifts to his creatures. The God who sees fit, not only to create pretty things with great care for us to enjoy, but who also sent the sweetest gift possible in Jesus.
Lately, life around us has seen much heartache. Nothing that has directly affected our family, but somewhat constant reminders that the world is truly, deeply, broken; in desperate need of a Savior and longing for his return. But, even in the midst of sin and sadness, the Lord gives us glimpses of his character through small things like flowers and enjoying them makes the difficult weeks a bit more bearable.. And I'm thankful.