Most people enjoy a vase of fresh flowers. The stunning beauty and bold fragrance can encourage us for a long time before they began to wither and lose their allure. But if we look a little deeper, believers can see something of eternity even in their faded state…. a faint echo of Isaiah 40:6…
“All flesh is grass, and all its beauty is like the flower of the field.”
Not exactly a message that most people get excited to hear. I mean, who wants to be reminded that their existence is brief, limited, fragile and waning. (vs 7)
Fortunately though, that isn’t all the prophet was instructed to declare. He also reminded us that even in our frail state, there is hope found in the coming of the Lord and His promise to care for us like a tender Shepherd embraces the lambs of his flock. (vs 10-11)
The truth is, we all are fading, but perhaps the lesson to be gleaned from wilting flowers is a reminder of the beauty as well as the brevity of life. And though we sweep away crumbled blossoms without a thought, we can take encouragement and hold fast to the knowledge that we are not like a temporary bouquet… here today and discarded tomorrow. The herald of scripture is that this existence is not all there is. Our Father’s Love for us and promise of salvation for those who trust in Jesus is constant, unalterable and endures for all eternity.
I have set the Lord always before me;
because he is at my right hand, I shall not be shaken.
9 Therefore my heart is glad, and my whole being[e] rejoices;
my flesh also dwells secure.
10 For you will not abandon my soul to Sheol,
or let your holy one see corruption.
11 You make known to me the path of life;
in your presence there is fullness of joy;
at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.