Flourishing Like a Flower
As for man, his days are like grass;
he flourishes like a flower of the field;
for the wind passes over it, and it is gone,
and its place knows it no more.
But the steadfast love of the LORD is from everlasting to everlasting on those who fear him,
and his righteousness to children's children
I’m a guy, and I love flowers. There, I said it! I’ve loved flowers since I was a kid; at the age of 13 I planted my first patch of gladiolas in front of our house, and these days I love sowing a giant patch of zinnias to brighten up the side of our garage. I’ve always found the process of watching flowers grow to be a bit like opening presents on Christmas morning - there’s lots of anticipation, a bit of uncertainty as to what’s inside, and plenty of joy and excitement when the “gift” is finally unveiled!
The Bible compares our lives to flowers - it’s an analogy that can be encouraging (we flourish and thrive in the Lord) and honestly a bit scary too (in the eyes of the Lord our lives are as brief as the bloom of a flower). King David wrote about this in Psalm 103:15-16, where he said, “The life of mortals is like grass, they flourish like a flower of the field; the wind blows over it and it is gone” Thankfully that’s not all he wrote - later in verse 17 David gives us this assurance: “...from everlasting to everlasting the Lord’s love is with those who fear him”
Today’s devotional from Our Daily Bread is titled “Flourishing Like a Flower.” The author starts off with the joy and wonder they experienced as they watched the little changes as their 2-month old grandson grew and developed (I feel the same way about my kids; it’s so fascinating to me to see the unique way God designed my daughter and son, each uniquely gifted and special).
From there the writer moved on to David’s words in Psalm 103, stating this:
…despite acknowledging the brevity of life, David describes the flower as flourishing, or thriving. Although each individual flower blossoms and blooms swiftly, its fragrance and color and beauty bring great joy in the moment.”
So yes - in the grand scheme of things our lives are brief, much like the tulips that are about to bloom here in Pella. Yet those momentary blossoms have great purpose and meaning in God’s eternal plans - a truth that should give us great hope and comfort. The author of today’s devotional gives these parting words:
We, like flowers, can rejoice and flourish in the moment; but we can also celebrate the truth that the moments of our lives are never truly forgotten. God holds every detail of our lives, and His everlasting love is with His children forever!