We arrived at the cottage a month after our last visit to find the front and back yards overgrown – grass, some of it up to our waists. An abundance of rain in our absence had produced a wild crop.
God has lavished the earth with plant life. Seeds sown at creation still produce. It makes me wonder what the first daisies looked like. Were they taller, larger, with more vibrant yellow centers?
In my handful of pickings I found: devil’s paintbrush (pilosella aurantiaca) – that sadly named bright orangey-red weed. Daisies, of course – appreciated for their ability to tell if he loves me or not. One of my favourites – Queen Anne’s lace, also known as wild carrot, which apparently is edible. (I won’t be eating it.) It stands attractively dainty and tall. Three varieties of yellow weeds – one, I think, is winter cress. Forget-me-nots, low-growing with purplish-blue blooms also decorate the yard.
All of these grow in a small plot of land, without care, depending entirely on the grace of God to send rain and sunshine.
God sends a message to us through every particle of creation. Jesus made plain the message of the wildflowers:
If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and gone tomorrow, will he not clothe you, O you of little faith? So don’t worry, saying ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For pagans run after these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them.
Therefore . . .
Seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be given to you, as well. Therefore, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. (Matthew 6)
These plants that have existed and bloomed since the beginning of time remind us that “not even Solomon (or any other great person) in all his splendor was dressed like one of these.”
Trust in the Lord. Lean on Him. Don’t worry about the future. Though the world may seem out of control, our heavenly Father has all things under His control.
Rose McCormick Brandon is the author of four books – see Writing From the Heart.