Consider the Wildflowers

Mar 15, 2024 | Encouragement

“Consider how the wildflowers grow.
They do not labor or spin.
Yet I tell you,
not even Solomon in all his splendor
was dressed like one of these.”
Luke 12:27

 

Reading a good book is a holiday for the mind, they say.

“Today a reader, tomorrow a leader.” (Margaret Fuller)

“Show me a family of readers, and I will show you the people who move the world.” (Napoleon Bonaparte)

“If you don’t like to read, you haven’t found the right book.” (J. K. Rowling)

“We read to know we are not alone.” (C. S. Lewis)

“Some books are so familiar that reading them is like being home again.” (Louisa May Alcott)

“That’s the thing about books. They let you travel without moving your feet.” (Jhumpa Lahiri)

“The more that you read,

the more things you will know.

The more that you learn,

The more places you’ll go.”

Dr. Seuss

So how do all these quotes about reading tie in with today’s Scripture?

Consider the wildflowers how they grow…

Well, to me, the best book you can ever and should ever read is naturally The Bible, The Word of God.

Lately I have been reading a lot again. It has been such a long time since I had time to read, or shall I say, took time to read. What about you? Do you read? Have you taken time to read? Do you love to read?

The Bible always comes first and when we read a book, it should line up with what is acceptable in Scripture.

There is another quote I saw the other day about books…

“She has found a way to live a thousand lives — or to find strength in a very long one.” (V.E. Schwab)

That one I determined to be a very sad quote.

It made me reflect on the true meaning of life and reading.

To a Christian we need to find strength and joy in life. That we find in one book. Namely, the Bible, the way to find truth and freedom.

That does not mean we can’t take a brief vacation for the mind in a good read. It just means we always keep the Bible first, and use it as a perimeter for what we read and determine to be good.

So with all the focus on life, reading, and quotes and such, I happened upon a beautiful quote in my reading travels:

Through rain and sun, the wildflower grows. She is rooted in open fields. Out here, she is home.” (Morgan Haper Nichols)

The wildflowers teach us something.

They grow in rocky crevices and fields that look forlorn.

Sunshine kisses their faces as they arch full strength up into the sky.

Wildflowers bring beauty, they are naturally hardy.

They do not worry, toil, or spin frantically as we do.

As we reflect on Luke 12 verse 27, God teaches us how much He loves us. He promises to take care of us. He is instructing us on how very much He loves us. We are His and in Him we rest. Worry need not enter our minds. God promises to meet our needs.

We are all made uniquely and beautifully in God’s eyes.

May we expand our horizons by reading, but keep our focus on the words of Luke 12:27 as we do.

We need not toil or spin frantically.

God has given us reason and purpose to live.

His book is the best holiday for the mind, and in it we find true rest.

More coming about wildflowers.

I invite you along for the read.

Liz.

 

 

 

 

 

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