A Lesson From Flowers

“And the King will answer and say to them, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me.'”

– Matthew 25:40

Recently, it was time to put new flowers in front of the church. Several of us decided Gerbera Daisies would look good there. So, I headed off to the hardware store to get them. Well, when I got there, there were no daisies, just a bunch of flopped over, shriveled up, faded blossom petunias – and lots of them.

I went inside hoping for something better, or word that the flower truck was on the way, but my friend, Wally, who owns the hardware store said that’s all I have left, but I’d love to give them to the church. He said, “I’ll even give you some MiracleGro and a watering can for them. They just need someone to take care of them.”

They sort of reminded me of Charlie Brown’s Christmas tree.

So, I took them. Not what I thought I wanted, but what I got nonetheless. I got flowers, and all I needed to take care of them and nurture them and then watch them flourish – all I had to add was a little effort.

God spoke to me in all this. Those flowers were just like many of the people who come our way. They may not be exactly the type I would pick, but they are who God sees fit to place in our lives. He has given us all we need to care for them and nurture them and watch them flourish.

Jesus tells us that when we serve and give to those who are the least in our estimation, we are actually serving and giving to Him.

I planted those flowers, put some water and MiracleGro on them – and I am excited to see what God will do with them. I am also trying to do a better job of keeping my eyes open for those God will see fit to send my way – so that I might care for and nourish them as well.

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2 Comments on “A Lesson From Flowers”

  1. Flowers Says:

    Nice lesson from flowers. Enjoyed going through it. Keep it up the good work.

  2. Tony Says:

    A truly amazing post. Nice job!

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