Gardeners mark the calendar by flowers. We know the months, even down to the date, by what is blooming. In my last gardening zone, I knew to expect dogwoods on Mother’s Day, lilacs shortly thereafter, peonies on the last day of school, day-lilies in mid-summer, and black-eyed Susan’s for Labor Day. We anticipate our favorite blooms all year and make the most of their glory by filling vases and sharing bouquets.
One spring, for the first time in my life, I faced the disappointment of missing the lilac season. My favorite flower has a brief season of fragrant splendor and I was trapped in a hospital with my sick baby. Insult upon injury, I thought, when I realized I would miss the lilacs in full bloom. Silly concerns in light of my son’s serious illness, I chastened myself, and asked God for forgiveness.
“Don’t you know that I give you the desires of your heart?”
I then received an unexpected visitor bearing a bouquet of lavender lilacs.
Does God know every cry of your heart and even your unspoken requests? Yes, He does, and He cares about every detail of your life. How fitting for God to speak to me and bring comfort through flowers. He is the Faithful Gardener of our hearts, tending to every hurt and need.
Do you trust Him enough to hear the secret longings of your heart? When you feel alone, forgotten, or afraid, when you are not sure God has heard your prayers, remember David’s exclamation in Psalm 139:17: “How precious are Your thoughts to me, O God! How great is the sum of them!” Because of this truth, you can mark your life with flowers as symbols of God’s faithfulness.
Delight yourself also in the Lord, and He shall give you the desires of your heart. Psalm 37:4
Calling on the Master Gardener:
Lord, how great are Your thoughts toward me. I am amazed by the ways You remind me of how precious I am to You. Forgive me when I forget Your faithfulness and doubt Your concern for the details of my life. In gentle ways You show Your love for me and I am forever grateful. Amen.
Preparing the Soil:
Do you ever doubt God’s faithfulness? What do you do when faced with a situation that doesn’t seem to be responding to prayer?
How do you remind yourself that God hears your prayers when you don’t see the answers?
Sowing the Word:
Find symbols of God’s faithfulness in your life and display them to remind you that God is always near. It may be a picture or an object that represents a way that God heard your prayer or met a need.
Establishing Roots: Psalm 139, Psalm 37:3-5
Lilacs require plenty of sun. Plant them where they will get a day’s worth and you will be rewarded with generous blooms. There are many new varieties that promise repeated blooms or more flowers, but remember, with everything these is a trade off. These new varieties tend to be much less fragrant. I like to stick to the heirloom varieties.
Don’t hold back – tell God all your desires and cares because He truly does care for you. ~ Mary
You can read the story of how God comforted me with lilacs and what happened to my son in more detail here: http://bit.ly/2srhr1X