Love Gifts To Make You Smile
“God has made everything beautiful for its own time.”
~ Ecclesiastes 3:11a
I anxiously await for the cardinal to sing its beautiful song to usher in the sunrise of another day. The bird has it's nest in a tree near our home. It continues to sing until darkness leaves and the dawn begins to brighten the sky. This is just one of the beautiful love gifts from God that He freely blesses us with.
Another special love gift from Him is in the springtime. The first signs of spring in the area that we live are the wild cherry tree blossoms, and the redbud trees that decorate a familiar road. The flowers are a welcome gift when they begin to pop out along the branches of the leafless trees. Then dancing in the wind are the wild phlox that are beginning to bloom in pale shades of lavender, blue, pink, and white. As I pass by I mentally gather a few to make a bouquet. An old proverb states: “Flowers are God's way of smiling”.
In the Book of Matthew, there is an example of how Jesus saw beauty. One of the examples is flowers. He spoke about the lilies and how they grow. He stated: “They don't work or make their clothing, yet Solomon in all his glory was not dressed as beautifully as they are.” He went on to state: “...if God cares so wonderfully for flowers that are here today and gone tomorrow, won't He more surely care for you?...” (Matthew 6:28b-30a).
Our days are not long enough to see, or hear, the dazzling beautiful love gifts that God desires to freely give to everyone. So, why not try this. The next time you hear a bird singing as it ushers in the sunrise and that special moment takes your breath away, or you notice the awesome springtime blossoms along your traveled road, or see the lilies in the passing fields, keep those memories close to your mind, heart and soul. God is whispering to you: I did it for you in “its own time” to make you smile, and that shows how much I love you.
Father God, help us to constantly be mindful of Your presence by opening our eyes to see the beauty you created around us. Amen.
~ Ann Brock