Consider The Birds, Consider The Flowers: Chapter 2
Welcome back to the blog series. My prayer and hope, is that these posts have helped you relax and trust in the great love of Our Heavenly Father more. You see, the life and maturity as a Christian is marked by ever increasing fruit. Notice stress and worry are not apart of these fruits. Christianity is all about entering to God's rest, that has been provided in Christ and His finished work on the cross.
Galatians 5:22-23 "But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control"
Lets talk about flowers, trees, and abiding in God's love.
“Roses do not bloom hurriedly; for beauty, like any masterpiece, takes time to blossom.”
Flowers weren't made to lift or carry burdens. Flowers weren't made for labor. Flowers are light, soft, gentle, and delicate. Flowers were made for pleasure and joy. As C.S. Lewis said "Joy is the serious business of heaven." Flowers bring joy and pleasure, to God and the whole earth. Think of how much time and patience goes into growing flowers. God isn't in a rush creating their beauty. First the seed is planted, then it sprouts, focuses its resources and energy in its roots, proceeds to grow its stalk/base, and finally at the right time the flower graciously blossoms to reveal its beauty. Flowers not only bring joy and pleasure to the eyes, they smell extraordinary. Flowers attract bees for pollination. Their beauty and smell attract what they need. God causes what they need to come to them. The flower remains stationary, at rest, while God delivers (serves) them goods out of His abundant and rich earth. The flowers have to simply rest and trust the Gardener. The Gardener takes care of the fertilizing, the pruning, the watering, the amount of sun light, and safety.
I am like an olive tree flourishing in the house of God; I trust in God's unfailing love for ever and ever - Psalm 52:8
Tree roots grow deep. The quality level of their total well-being and health is dependent on the source and quality of where they are planted, where their roots rest and drink. Trees like flowers are stationary, they are slow and steady in their growth. Growing trees is a patient activity, taking years, decades, and sometimes centuries. If your growing fruit trees, it's a patient activity waiting years for proper fruit to develop to be able to eat. Are you starting to see and notice God's rhythm and pace through meditating on the flower and tree? God's pace is slow and steady, not in a rush for flower and fruit. God knows the flower and fruit take time to develop. God's expectations are gentle and unforced. God is patient, God is kind. What matters is where the tree has been planted, who has planted the tree, and who is taking care of the the tree. The trees well-being and growth success is totally dependent on these things.
Where we have been planted.
God in His Word says Jesus is the vine, and we are the branches (John 15:5). The Bible also says that we are planted in the House of God (Psalm 52:8), with our roots growing down deep in the rivers of God's love (Psalm 1, Ephesians 3:17). We have been planted in the highest quality environment, in heaven, in God.
We have been planted by God Himself.
It is because of him (Heavenly Father) that you are in union with Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God--that is, our righteousness, holiness and redemption. - 1 Corinthians 1:30
He is like a tree planted by streams of water,
yielding its fruit in season,
whose leaf does not wither,
and who prospers in all he does. Psalm 1:3
God, Our Heavenly Father is our gardener.
I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. - John 15:1
Like the flower, like the tree, our fruit and flowers depend on God. Fruits and flowers cannot be forced. They come in God's perfect timing. God isn't in a rush. His rhythm is unforced, slow, steady, and full of grace. Fruit and flowers come in their season. I'll conclude with a quote from Jesus. Sounds like He was meditating on flowers and trees before he delivered this world changing statement.
28-30 “Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.” - Matthew 11