Ralph Waldo Emerson once wrote “The earth laughs in flowers” – I just love that! What a creative, colorful painter God must be to have dreamed up such a glorious treat as a flower.
We were utterly delighted this summer, much to our surprise, when our yard awoke from it’s slumber into glorious full bloom….red, pink, purple, yellow, blue, white….sprinkles of nature’s laughter all around. And to think, we purchased this house when it was covered in snow, without an inkling of the blooms in store.
The more I poke around our property, getting to know all the little spots, the more flowers I discover! Lilacs, pink roses, yellow roses, columbines, lilies, hydrangeas, and even a healthy, creeping strawberry patch!
The kids bring me bouquets daily, so I’ve got vases scattered about the house, reminding me to stop and smell, and remember the lovely little gifts. Somehow kids are so good at that- stopping to smell the flowers, never in a rush to get to the cell phone store or pick up the dry cleaning, but always interested in the beauty along the way.
And it makes me think, you know, that God didn’t have to make flowers. I mean, he didn’t have to make anything really, but flowers? I know, I know, there’s the whole pollen thing, but certainly he could have chosen a much plainer pollen vessel. He could have made the bees attract to something that looks more like a stone or a stick, but no, a beautiful, graceful, dainty burst of vibrant color, that reaches for the sun and just smiles. To me, that’s a God who loves.
And maybe you don’t believe in him. Maybe you think that flowers are just a logical manifestation of environmental evolution. And maybe you think I’m a bit nutty for bringing up God so much here on my crafty blog (I feel like I do!), but I just can’t help myself. When I sit down to type up a post, reflecting on whatever beauty I’ve captured in my camera that week, whether it’s the the freckly smile of a child, a melt-in-my-mouth recipe, or a quilt design that makes my heart beat just a little bit faster, I see Him in it, and I remember that beauty- even in the smallest things- is a gift. And to give a gift, is to show love.
Be loved this week, my friends! :)