What’s with the name?
I find names often have significant meaning. A person’s name is part of their identity and I took forever to settle on a name for this blog. In this post I thought I would share the meaning behind the name of this blog, Consider the Flowers, and how it came about.
A few months ago,a special woman friend of mine read a verse from the bible to me, and it really struck a chord for me. It goes as follows:
“Consider how the wild flowers grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you, not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today, and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, how much more will he clothe you–you of little faith!” – Luke 12: 27-28
The whole of Luke 12, is full of goodness, but this verse in particular is so wonderful to me for a few reasons, and it is behind the name for the blog. You could see this verse in two ways. The first view is the most common and that’s that God provides everything we need and we do not need to worry about everyday things. Sometimes we get caught up in the worry for how our needs are going to be met, maybe money is tight this month, or you need something that’s a bit out of your reach. And the worry ends up consuming us. We become so focused on the things we need or want, we get stressed, and we get caught up in this cycle, which can be disastrous.
But when realise that God is in control, and we give up all our needs to Him, He gently takes our worry away. We realise we don’t need to worry. Firstly because worry and stress is bad for us, and there is no point in worrying as it has no purpose other than to make us more stressed. Secondly, and more importantly, we don’t need to worry because God is our loving father and He knows exactly what we need. Sometimes God answers our prayers in unexpected ways, not always making sense and not always what we asked for. But generally if you look back, you’ll realise He gave you exactly what you needed at exactly the right time. Basically, we need to trust God to provide what is needed, to be willing to do His will and follow His lead, no matter how foolish it may seem financially in the eyes of men. This verse certainly encourages me to pray for my daily needs, and follow God’s plan for my life, without what humans might call ‘security’.
This passage also clearly says something else. It tells us to consider or think about the fields full of flowers. What comes to my mind is Namaqualand which is currently in its full Spring bloom, fields full of gorgeous flowers, bright and striking. While walking though a park, or even a nursery, I am astounded at the variety of flowers out there! There are tiny, delicate blossoms and large obtrusive flower petals. There are orchids, roses, proteas, daisies, tulips, daffodils and violets. Endless variety, of endless colours, textures, shapes, fragrances or beauty to ‘consider’.
When we read the passage in Luke 12, God is emphasising that we are to trust Him to provide us with the necessary clothing to cover up our bodies and protect us from the elements; but He is claiming much more than simple ‘utility’. The God that designed the clothing seen on flowers is the One who will provide for us. God loves us so much, and we are way more important to Him than the flowers in the field are. We are personalities who will live with Him eternally, and He made us individuals with a capability for appreciating beauty and creating it.
How I see this is that beauty, artistry and creativeness is important and can come into every area of our lives. And yes, we need to be able to go without material things, without the money to buy all that we want. But whether we are providing clothing for ourselves, our family, a stranger or an orphan, the aspect of beauty should enter in. When we are cooking a meal, decorating our home, writing a song, designing a t-shirt graphic or at work everyday we can take time to ‘consider the flowers’ and add some beauty, creativity and artistry into whatever we are doing to point to our God who is infinity creative and beautiful.
And this was the inspiration for my blog. As soon as I read that phrase, it stuck. So this is me taking time to do just that, and consider the flowers in my passions, my home, my clothing, my hobbies and my relationships. I do this because I love God and am amazed at His goodness, mercy and grace.
I hope you enjoyed reading this, to get a better understanding of me, and my blog. Thank you for reading.