Friday, January 21, 2005

For the Glory of God

Well, its -10, the ground is covered with snow and all I can think of right now is flower gardens. There are few things that are as beautiful as a well kept flower bed. Before we moved to the hill country our farm always had huge perennial flower gardens. Sure, there is no real economic advantage to them, but hey; who cares. My Dads specialty was Iris. People would come from all over to see the Iris in bloom. They were younger then and could keep up with the weeds and such. Dad could tell you the history of each one, when and where it was developed, and any awards it had won. He had a nack for placing them in just the right spot. I never thought much about them back then. In hindsight I wish I had paid more attention. Flower beds are more than just eye candy. They tell others about our faith and our God. As Christians we are made in the image of God. We mimic his creative nature, usually without even realizing it. We take flower plants (raw creation) and make something with order and beauty. We find just the right spot for each one according to size and color and time of bloom, all so we can maximize the beauty of each while complementing the whole. We are fulfilling our biblical mandate, if only in a small way, to develop the earth into a garden/city of God. Those with the "why polish brass on a sinking ship" mentality will never experience some of most rewarding work that our God has given to his people. Yes we are to preach the gospel to all the world, but we are also to subdue and replenish the earth. So order your seed catalogs, dig out your trowel, and get prepared for spring. May we garden to the glory of our God.


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