Lessons from a Spring Flower




It is Spring! The flowers are starting to bloom!  This is a photo of a very special flower called Spotted Saxifrag (Saxifraga bronchialis)


The flower grows in the high alpine meadows in the Jemez and Sangre de Cristo mountains of northern New Mexico.  If you were hiking anywhere in the vicinity of this flower you would likely never see it. The whole flower almost fits on the head of a pin and is practically microscopic.  So why would God create such a beautiful flower that is practically invisible in the perspective of the average person? God designed it for a purpose that may not be obvious to us. We view flowers as something we can see readily and appreciate. Not so with this one.  


Sometimes I feel like this flower.  Invisible in the vast scheme of the universe. Not able to contribute and participate in the world in the way I see others are able to do so, and therefore perhaps of lesser value.  But this little flower is a wonderful reminder of God’s love for us:


Matthew 6:28 “Look at the lilies of the field and how they grow. They don’t work or make their clothing,  yet Solomon in all his glory was not dressed as beautifully as they are.  And if God cares so wonderfully for wildflowers that are here today and thrown into the fire tomorrow, he will certainly care for you.”


It is also a reminder of how we are all connected.  How we need each other to take our next steps in Christ together.


1 Corinthians 12: 18- 26 But our bodies have many parts, and God has put each part just where he wants it.  How strange a body would be if it had only one part!  Yes, there are many parts, but only one body.  The eye can never say to the hand, “I don’t need you.” The head can’t say to the feet, “I don’t need you.”


And finally, it is a reminder of the transient nature of our lives here on earth.  


1 Peter 1:24 -25 “People are like grass;
    their beauty is like a flower in the field.
The grass withers and the flower fades.
   But the word of the Lord remains forever.”


Every breath we take is a gift from God.  Are we using our gift of life in a responsible way? Are we stepping forward to achieve our unique special mission from the Lord during our time on this earth, however long or short that might be.