My daughter loves to pick me flowers. I have to watch her as we walk our church’s lawn, because she will pick the beautifully landscaped flower bushes along the way. I have taught her that she can’t pick flowers outside our gym, neighbor’s house or at the store. But at home, she is able to pick flowers to her heart’s content.
Since spring has begun, she has brought me several sweet bouquets of wild flowers from a nearby field and cultured flowers from our hibiscus bushes. One day I was sitting at my computer typing, and my daughter came in with two huge hibiscus flowers.
The broad blossoms wore a brilliant scarlet shade and their petals opened wide like soup bowls. They adorned my plain brown desk with a cheerful touch of the warmer season. I glanced at them every now and then, recalling little images of my daughter’s precious face and letting my love for her simmer into my awareness.
When I came back to my desk later that night, I couldn’t believe how much my crimson blooms had changed. Instead of opened and brilliant, they had become dull and narrow. Each teardrop petal had folded inward, until the entire blossom had transformed into an unnoticeable, thin piece of organic material.
The metamorphosis that took place in only a few short hours was disheartening, and I couldn’t believe the pitiful flowers on my desk were the same vivid ones that my daughter had gifted me earlier.
The Holy Spirit whispered to me, “That’s what happens to my children when they disconnect from me.”
When we stay rooted in God, our lives are wide open and receptive to Him. We absorb all His goodness and share the luster of His glory wherever we go. However, if we disconnect from His presence and purpose, we begin to focus on ourselves. Our lives fold inward into selfishness and pride, and we lose sight of the greater meaning of our existence.
It is far too easy to push off spending time with God and His Word. Life gets busy and daily responsibilities take precedence. Before we know it, we have become so self-focused that we we’ve forgotten to stay sensitive to the Holy Spirit. The Fruit of the Spirit shrivel, and we wonder why we have lost our peace, joy and hope.
But unlike the closed hibiscus, we can tap back into God’s abundance at any time. Our bloom can reopen to God’s Spirit, and our lives will once again produce spiritual fruit. Life is too valuable to waste it away as a closed hibiscus bloom. Taking time each day to spend with God will keep our lives radiant and meaningful, and we will add a touch of His splendor to the world around us.
Questions: How can you rearrange your schedule each day to spend time with God?
“The wilderness and the wasteland shall be glad for them, And the desert shall rejoice and blossom as the rose” (Isaiah 35.1 NKJV).
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