Day: November 1, 2012

Good Lessons From The Flower Garden: Death

I would not say that I have a green thumb by any stretch of the means but I do enjoy messing around with flowers somewhat. The very first year we moved into the house we live in we put a small flower garden in the front corner of the front yard. For several years in a row we enjoyed the flowers that have bloomed. Some of the original flowers are long gone but some have multiplied and still bloom each year.

Whether or not you have a green thumb you can actually learn some spiritual lessons from the flower garden if you are willing to think for a few moments. It was, after all, Holy Spirit inspired men who wrote some analogies saying:

As for man, his days are like grass; As a flower of the field, so he flourishes.” (Psalm 103:15)

All flesh is as grass, And all the glory of man as the flower of the grass. The grass withers, And its flower falls away,” (1 Peter 1:24)

Let the lowly brother glory in his exaltation, but the rich in his humiliation, because as a flower of the field he will pass away. For no sooner has the sun risen with a burning heat than it withers the grass; its flower falls, and its beautiful appearance perishes. So the rich man also will fade away in his pursuits.” (James 1:9-11)

One lesson that you can learn from trying to take care of flowers is that sometimes unexplainable things happen. One year we bought some flowers to add some different colors. One plant was bright green with red flowers that had small yellow petals inside of it. It was doing so great. It had basically quadrupled its size since the day we planted it and it looked as healthy as any other flower in the garden. It got the same amount of fertilizer and water as the other flowers and it was kept free from weeds. But one day (and I literally mean one day) it just withered up and was gone. I do not know why, but it did. So it is with life!

I cannot explain why everything that happens in life happens the way it does. I cannot explain why one person gets sick while another stays healthy. I cannot explain why one child is born to loving parents while another is born to abusive ones. I cannot explain all the details to every question a person can ask, including my own. I cannot answer the details, but I can give an answer.

The answer is that sin has brought death into the world (both physical and spiritual). We live in a world that is dying. Souls, hearts and bodies are dying all the time! Jesus was sinless but He still experienced death in the flesh (Hebrews 2:9). Our physical bodies are compared to the grass and flowers because like them, our bodies must return to the dirt they are made of no matter the glory they once enjoyed. In view of our physical mortality the psalmist wisely requested, “So teach us to number our days, That we may gain a heart of wisdom.” (Psalm 90:12)

To many, many questions, the scriptures answer those who have a heart set toward God by saying, “And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.” (Romans 8:28)

We may want more of an answer but that is the answer we are given. Life on Earth can be beautiful, but no matter how beautiful life on Earth is, it is short and things happen that don’t always make sense to us. That is just one lesson from the flower garden.