“Artificial Flowers”

Have you ever admired a vase of flowers, gone to touch them and felt embarrassed or even offended because they were artificial? They may last a long time but in the natural, beauty is a passing thing.

I walked through a friend’s garden last week. The smell, the colour, the large, the small – the beauty was breath-taking. For all that, there is a sad, temporary sweetness about the garden. Rosebuds beginning to open, flowers like the colours of the rainbow;  here today, gone tomorrow!

Ecclesiastes 3 tells us: To everything there is a season, and a time for every matter or purpose under heaven. It also tells us that there is a time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to harvest what is planted”.

As Christians we too experience seasons of change – from new birth like a tiny rosebud beginning to burst into flower through to fading and remaining static – not always willing to change. Is this what God desires of us?

1 Corinthians 2: 9-11 (ESV) puts it like this: But, as it is written, “What no eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor the heart of man imagined what God has prepared for those who love him — these things God has revealed to us through the Spirit. For the Spirit searches everything, even the depths of God. For who knows a person’s thoughts except the spirit of that person, which is in him”?

We have a choice! Which one will it be?

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