Clothed in Beauty

Flowers. God’s infinite majesty on display.  The intricate designs, lines, colors, shapes, petals, stamen, stems, leaves all fascinate me. Even the tiniest wildflower is formed with such precision. I suspect artists discover creative color combinations just by looking at flowers, often within a single blossom. What variety! Some flowers need full sun while others thrive in shade. Some survive in the harshest terrain or the thirsty desert.

God spoke plants into being on day three of creation (Genesis 1:9-13).  I sometimes imagine God hand painting each one before placing them throughout the earth. And if “a day is as a thousand years” to God, maybe He really did form and paint each one.  

In the midst of ever-changing conditions surrounding the pandemic and economy, these little gifts called flowers speak peace to me. God even points to the flowers to remind us of his tender care for every life:

“And why worry about your clothes? Look at the field lilies! They don’t worry about theirs. Yet King Solomon in all his glory was not clothed as beautifully as they. And if God cares so wonderfully for flowers that are here today and gone tomorrow, won’t he more surely care for you, O men of little faith?

So don’t worry at all about having enough food and clothing. Why be like the heathen? For they take pride in all these things and are deeply concerned about them. But your heavenly Father already knows perfectly well that you need them, and he will give them to you if you give him first place in your life and live as he wants you to. So don’t be anxious about tomorrow. God will take care of your tomorrow too. Live one day at a time.”   Love,  Jesus                                                                           (Matthew 6:28-34, Living Bible)

Regarding ministry, Cru is finding creative ways to reach students. Often, online outreach has brought more response and fruit than in-person ministry, especially in closed countries. The chaos throughout the world exposes our longing for truth, stability, and hope. That is what Christ offers to all. A new life here and now and in the future.

Michael’s and my counseling continue virtually. Honestly it takes a ton more energy, but we are so grateful how the Spirit still works in hearts and lives. As you know God is not bound by Covid, technology, economics, or politics. His love and power are endless, as is His peace.

So, how are YOU? I would love to hear how God is helping you through these changing times. I am so grateful for your partnership!!!