Zephaniah 3:17 reminds us that God is musical and He rejoices and sings over you. - -
The LORD your God in the midst of you is mighty; he will save, he will rejoice over you with joy; he will quiet you with his love, he will rejoice over you with singing.
Friday, April 11, 2014
The Ugly Flower Arrangement
Not the Original, but something from my yard!
photo by Hazel
Some friends are for a long
period of time and Sylvia was one of them.In the 1970s we attended the same church, and often would pray together
over problems you couldn’t talk about with just anyone.
Recently I visited her, and
after all these years, she asked me if I had been doing any flower arranging
lately.This story from the past is what
she was referring to.
Early one Sunday morning, Sylvia
mentioned that the Florist who usually supplied flowers for in front of the pulpit
was not sending flowers today!
I suggested that we take a
knife from the kitchen and see what we could find in the yard.Surely there were some flowering bushes we
could make an arrangement that would do.
Our search did not bring up
much, but we managed to find some interesting leaves and the two of us placed
our decoration up front in the church.
Before long people began to
congregate and one of our dear ladies came up to us and make a startling
statement; “I don’t know what is wrong with that florist, because that is the
Ugliest Floral Arrangement I have ever seen.”
Sylvia and I looked at each
other and smiled and silently prayed that next week would bring nice flowers
again from the florist.
In life, we often are not
appreciated for efforts that are not as beautiful as a professional would do
As we look around at various
ministries and authors our feeble efforts may at times seem ugly in comparison.
I wonder if God does not
judge beauty and excellence by a different yard stick than what we often use.
To God, our ugly just might
be lovely in His eyes.