Beauty, Bluebonnets, Buttercups and Bulrushes
Have you ever witnessed the beauty of fields adorned with wildflowers and thought about how that compares to our walk with the Lord? In the following post I have tried to explain the message God laid on my heart to share with you. Read on and see if you agree.
Have you ever driven down the Texas highways in Springtime and found a stream of wild flowers adorning the median or sides of the highway? Well, if you have never done so, you need to schedule a trip to Texas during wild flower season. It will bless your socks right off your feet! Believe it or not, this topic really does apply to my spiritual journey. Read on to find out more.
This year seems to have more wild flowers than I have ever seen. At least in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. Although, I have tried to find any article that says so, I know what I have seen before and I know what I see this year. There are at least double the wild flowers than I have ever seen. Every day seemed to be a new patch of color that wasn’t there the day before. You see, I am an Uber driver and I see lots of miles a day. Some are in the cement jungles but many of those miles are spent on the roads to and from cities. Even the neighborhood fields, parks and some private residence’s lawns are overflowing with wild flowers. I love the Texas wildflowers. I can never get enough of them! Especially the Bluebonnet, it is the state flower.
As you drive along and see an ocean of wild flowers swaying in the wind, you may or may not want to stop to take pictures. If you do stop there are usually some Texas Wildflower etiquette.
Here is an excerpt from the Texas Department of Transportation website that might interest you before you step out of that vehicle.
Maintenance techniques used to encourage wildflower growth include safety, or strip mowing which allows the wildflowers to bloom and native grasses to emerge.
TxDOT buys and sows about 30,000 pounds of wildflower seed each year. The peak wildflower blooming season draws tourists from all across the nation to see the color unfold each spring.
The department is pleased with the attention wildflowers attract; however, we discourage picture-taking that damages the flowers. If too many wildflowers are trampled, they will die and not go to seed. Since many of these flowers are annuals, this means they have to go to seed to come back the next year. Naturally, we discourage picking the flowers for the same reason.
The wildflower program is part of good stewardship. Today, TxDOT not only plants and enhances wildflower areas, but more importantly protects and maintains the investment made in years past.
Another thing you may notice when you step out to take a closer look at those pretty wild flowers is that there is another side to the beauty. I experienced it first hand and was a bit shocked at first.
When I got out to take some pictures along the side of the road, I stepped out ever so gently out of my truck. Then looked down to find a new place to put my feet so I could get a better angle on the flowers. I am not sure what I expected to see but it wasn’t trash. I thought it was just a piece of trash right there at my feet but no. As I gazed out over the beauty of the wild flowers and grasses swaying back and forth, I admired the serene beauty that God has adorned our highways and byways with, but I noticed the trash under some of the beauty. But for now the beauty covers up most of the ugliness of the trash. I have seen the road crews picking up trash also, especially when the wildflowers are gone and they are allowed to mow, it may uncover some ugliness. So the road crews will be diligently picking up all of the trash that got blown all over the place when the mowers came through.
So … you ask how does this parallel our spiritual journey? Well, here’s what I think God is wanting to share with me and then in turn with you.
Let me begin with a little background first. God has changed my life. He has taken this gal, that lived for Leah, and transformed … or is transforming her into someone that loves God. She is learning about Him as much as she can, considering this finite, human mind and is growing in my walk with Jesus. I love spending time just talking with Jesus. He understands me so well.
I had moments in my life when I was walking with the Lord. I cannot tell you exactly what happened that would cause me to slip back into the “Leah” mode. However, I do know that the enemy was very sly and quick. When a vulnerable spot was uncovered, there was always the chance to fall back into whatever that “sin” was. And unfortunately, I fell more than I care to remember.
God’s Word says that the devil prowls around looking for “someone to devour”. Those vulnerable spots in folks like you and me are laid bare sometimes and then he pounces. He will meet you in your weakest moment and He will devour you in the blink of an eye – if you allow it! But it’s not with a roar, necessarily. He can speak with the softest and most tender voice. He is soft and gentle when he needs to be to convince you that you need to do that “forbidden” thing. You give one slight look or hesitation towards his way and he will pounce! He has you! Then before you know it, you are doing the “thing” that led you to your demise before you met the Lord. The “thing” could be anything. Smoking, drinking, pornography, adultery, stealing, cheating, lying, or anything else that is against the good morals and ethics that Christianity is built on. That your faith is built on.
1 Peter 5:8
8 Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.
But you know what? I know Someone else who also knows our weakest spots in our lives. He created each of us, so He even knows us down to the number of hairs on our head.
We have a choice. A choice to either listen to the lies and inviting voice of the enemy or we can choose to turn to Jesus and say… “I need You, Lord. I need You now!” Jesus is always there. He will never leave you, but He will not force you to love Him either. It’s your choice. He is a gentleman. Forced love has never been true love.
I know that I have done things that definitely have been detrimental to my well-being, however, there are also things that others have littered my life with. I am sure you know what I mean. Hurts from others that have caused you pain or problems along your life journey.
Some things are just on the periphery of your life. Some are just below the surface. Others are buried deep. So, no matter what, they are still there. The things that keep you from seeming to go forward in your life. Things that you believe have affected you or your life in such a way that you will never be able to live a normal life in this world.
Well, I am here to tell you that there is HOPE! Hope in a “normal” life. Hope in happiness and fulfillment in life. I have found it or better yet… I have found Him! NO! He has found me! He never was lost. I was! He is the Creator of everything! He is my Friend, Savior and King! His name is Jesus! And I love to share Him with others!
The way I have compared this information to the beautiful fields of Texas Wild Flowers is this. I look at a big beautiful field of flowers and think of my life. Before Jesus came into my life, it was so cluttered with “stuff”. It was very unappealing at times. Downright disgusting, at times. I look back and ask myself… “How did you tolerate this?” I am not real certain of the answer to that question, all I know is that I kept putting one foot in front of the other one to get here today. Of course, there is much more to it than just one foot in front of the other, but in a nutshell that’s it.
So, let’s look at the field that is cluttered with “stuff”. Whether the “stuff” is there by your own mistakes and bad decisions or someone else’s carelessness that was allowed into your life – which would be under the “bad decisions” category.
That field has lots of “stuff” all throughout. On the edges, deep in the middle or just scattered around. You continue to go through life not really living the way you know is “right”. Then one day, through a series of events, you meet Someone that changes your life. He takes your hand and walks around with you. He walks with you through that cluttered field that is and has been your life. You begin to tell Him about things that you have done that you are sorry for. Things that you don’t want to do any longer. Things that you are so ashamed of that you don’t even want to tell Him. Walking and talking with Him seems to be easy. No condemnation from Him. He listens and is very sympathetic to your struggles. He seems to understand each struggle as you explain it, as though He has been there also. He continues to listen as you begin to have tears well up in your eyes and then they make their way over your cheeks and stream down your face as you tell of things that have been so very hurtful to you. You are so ashamed of some of the things you are sharing with Him and you are now sobbing uncontrollably. Your knees buckle under the weight of the moment. You hit the ground, yet He picks you up gently. Somehow, though, you feel comforted and realize He has embraced you. It seems so foreign yet so peaceful.
You notice that you begin to relax, every cell of your body absorbs the love and comfort that He is showing you. You have never felt this comfort and peace. Is this the peace that you have heard people talk about when you meet Jesus? A peace that goes beyond our understanding? It must be.
As you regain a little composure, He helps you stand on your own. He encourages you to look back over your “field”. As you turn to look, all you see is beautiful wild flowers everywhere. Color that bursts out of the ground in so many places that the colors run together. There are some flowers and colors that you have never seen. The landscape is resplendent with color! It is so beautiful it makes you smile. Even giggle a little to see the beauty. He has given you beauty where once there was ugliness. A sweet-smelling aroma where there was nothing but stench. There is such beauty that only He could create. Such peace and comfort that only He could give.
This is but one scenario that God has laid on my heart for the wildflower theme. Maybe I will be able to write another soon but for now I just want to say this… If you allow Jesus into your life, He can bring you such joy and peace and that resplendent color in your fields of life. If you have questions about how to do this, click here and it will take you to a website that explains what it means to be a follower of Jesus.
The Beauty of Christ
If you are already a follower of Jesus Christ and have experienced the “cluttered” field in the past or maybe you are experiencing it right now, Jesus can still help. You just have to cry out to Him and He will walk around with you and clean up the mess that has been left. He will guide you and direct you when you give your life fully to Him. He will help keep the beautiful wildflowers in your field and help you weed the field as needed. He loves you so much, after all, He calls you His beloved.
Excellent song and video. The message is for all of us “Broken Things”.
Video– Broken Things