Sunday, May 24, 2015

Bread for the Journey


Why did God make flowers? 

Have you every wondered?  
Other than feeding the birds and the bees, 
- which could have been easily accomplished with one kind and colour of flower -  
what purpose do flowers fill in God's creation?  
The profusion of colour and variety and  blooms beyond every conceivable design 
seems to be exorbitant, doesn't it?  
Oh yes, we can give the theologically correct answer that God created them for His glory ....
 but ... is there maybe another purpose?   

I love spring,
and I love buying and planting flowers in my pots and flower beds.
Even though I do not have a green thumb,
 joy springs up within me 
every time I look at a new flower bud that opens. 
It was recently as I was enjoying a bouquet I picked from my own blooms  
that the insight flashed into my mind that God created flowers to give us joy!  
Do we not give flowers for every joyful occasion and for no reason at all 
with the intent to delight someone? 

Is it not God's will that we live in joy?
It is, after all, on the list of  the fruit of the Spirit. (Gal.5:22)
  
 Why??
Even medical science has now verifiable proof that joy restores the strength and health of bones,
and that joyful people recover twice as fast after surgery.
 Joy restores health to our body and our soul and lifts our spirit into heavenly places ! 
 Is there anyone who does not desire to feel 'joy' ? 
When a beautiful flower makes you smile with the joy it sparks in your heart , 
do you stop to think you are pleasing God?
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Joy, you may ask,  in a world that is falling apart?   
A world that is full of sorrow and evil and daily disasters and suffering?    
Joy is not happiness. 
 Happiness is directly related to circumstance.  
 Joy is related to hope and faith in what cannot be destroyed. 
As believers we have a fountain of joy springing up from 
our faith in a God who has poured out His  blessings upon us.

 He has given us the sure hope that when this earthly life is over ,
when this earth itself is destroyed,
 He has a new heaven and a new earth awaiting us -  
 one that is filled with perfection and joy - where we will live in His presence
for evermore !!!  

Every flower is a reminder ....  Joy!
  "For you shall go out with joy,
 And be led out with peace; 
The mountains and the hills Shall break forth into singing before you, 
And all the trees of the field shall clap their hands. 
Isaiah 55:12

6 comments:

  1. Julie, you have me singing the joy of the Lord is my strength! It is wonderful to see the details of God's creation and to give back praise to Him! There is joy in that!

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  2. And you have me singing...'and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands'. The flowers, the trees, the hills...all creation rejoices!

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  3. I love all the Bread for the Journey posts! They always seem to be a lesson I need at that moment. Truly God inspired!

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  4. The beauty of God's creation is all around us if we take a moment to look. Praise God!

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  5. A great message here and one I had not really thought about although I love my flowers! They do bring me joy as do the birds. Thanks.

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  6. Thanks so much for sharing these thoughts. So much beauty and truth! ~Brenda M.

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