“And God said, “Let the waters under the sky be gathered together into one place, and let the dry land appear.” And it was so. God called the dry land Earth, and the waters that were gathered together he called Seas. And God saw that it was good. Then God said, “Let the earth put forth vegetation: plants yielding seed, and fruit trees of every kind on earth that bear fruit with the seed in it.” And it was so. The earth brought forth vegetation: plants yielding seed of every kind, and trees of every kind bearing fruit with the seed in it. And God saw that it was good. And there was evening and there was morning, the third day” (Genesis 1:9-13, NRSV).
Today, we are talking about flowers, and God’s heart in a florist who grows, nurtures, and arranges the beauty that can be seen in these delicate, vibrant creations. Far from utilitarian, flowers are fragile, fleeting, and have very little use on a surface level – though they do photosynthesize and create oxygen as a biproduct. Flowers wilt so easily in the heat, freeze quickly in the cold, and yet, in the midst of such a meagre resume, God placed so much beauty and thought into the colour pallet of a flower, the pattern and orientation of the petals, and the shape and segmentation of its stem (Luke 12:27). As we think about these things today, and dwell on the beauty and wonder of flowers, I pray that we would appreciate and know the incredible way that God has allowed us and flowers to grow.
Graves Into Gardens – Elevation Worship
Voice of God – Dante Bowe
“And so, brothers and sisters, I could not speak to you as spiritual people, but rather as people of the flesh, as infants in Christ. I fed you with milk, not solid food, for you were not ready for solid food. Even now you are still not ready, for you are still of the flesh. For as long as there is jealousy and quarreling among you, are you not of the flesh, and behaving according to human inclinations? For when one says, “I belong to Paul,” and another, “I belong to Apollos,” are you not merely human? What then is Apollos? What is Paul? Servants through whom you came to believe, as the Lord assigned to each. I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the growth. So neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but only God who gives the growth. The one who plants and the one who waters have a common purpose, and each will receive wages according to the labor of each. For we are God’s servants, working together; you are God’s field, God’s building” (1 Corinthians 3:1-9, NRSV).
Let the Ground Rest – Chris Renzema
Seasons – Hillsong Worship
Church, my prayer for us today is that we would live and lean into growth. Let us find beauty in gardens and flowers, in ourselves and in others. May we know God in the growing of beautiful things, in the restoration of old things, through the reigniting of our desire for God and our desire to grow, and in the gathering of beautiful things as a florist does. As we worship together, I pray that our growth would be apparent, and that our beauty would shine through.
“If you offer your food to the hungry and satisfy the needs of the afflicted, then your light shall rise in the darkness and your gloom be like the noonday. The Lord will guide you continually, and satisfy your needs in parched places, and make your bones strong; and you shall be like a watered garden, like a spring of water, whose waters never fail. Your ancient ruins shall be rebuilt; you shall raise up the foundations of many generations; you shall be called the repairer of the breach, the restorer of streets to live in” (Isaiah 58:10-12, NRSV).
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