Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Stop and smell the flowers...

Have you stopped to notice the beauty around you lately? We were out on a walk at the lake and gardens behind our condo complex this week and I couldn't help but notice the flowers as the girls climbed on the rocks. Grabbing my camera (which I missed while John was away last week!), I zoomed in close, and then closer, to capture the beauty and interest of a flower I'd never noticed before. Pinks, yellows, lady beetles (these bite - not nice like lady bugs!), butterflies. It's amazing to see the unique details of each flower, most parts serving an important function. They may attract a certain type of pollinating insect, feed a butterfly, wait for pollen deposits! (I learned this fall that trees can be male or female - and you want to choose carefully, because depending on the tree gender, it may or may not drop stinky fruit or pods on your property). Each flower is beautiful, fully functional and inspirational all at once. Check some out!

"Instead of looking at the fashions, walk out into the fields [or your yard!] and look at the wildflowers. They never primp or shop, but have you ever seen color and design quite like it?... If God gives such attention to the appearance of wildflowers - most of which are never even seen - don't you think he'll attend to you, take pride in you, do his best for you?" Matthew 6: 28-30



Dad Evans said...

Nice post. I liked the pics and the commentary.

Nature is full of lessons for the listening ear. One of the first hymns that ever struck a chord with me had a line: "This is my Father's world. He shines in all that's fair. In the rustling grass, I hear Him pass..."

God took note of Moses because Moses turned aside to see the burning bush. Moses gave attention, and God gave a message.

Good verse at the end too. What translation/paraphrase?

joanna said...

Yes, I'm finding that the kids are good for making me turn aside and look too - leaves, dead dandelions, caterpillars, you name it. The verse is from the "Message".