Wednesday, September 24, 2008

A very special vase

Yesterday I received this beautiful bouquet of flowers from a woman who attends our Women's Bible Study on Tuesday mornings. She blesses me every so often with this type of gift and I am so very grateful for her kindness. I know that she has cut the flowers from her own garden and then I imagine all of the work and care that she has done and yet I am the one who is enjoying the beauty of her work.
When she handed me the flowers, she apologized for the "vase/container" she had put them in. I quickly replied with, "it doesn't matter what they come in, It's not the vase I am looking at, but the flowers."
As I looked at these vibrant colors all afternoon adorning my table, I couldn't help but relate this to our previous weeks lesson in the book of Daniel. Does the vase make the flowers more beautiful? It depends on what you want to look at. It depends on what your goal is for these flowers. It depends on what truly matters most to you in relationship to having these flowers.
Flowers bring me such joy and the hands that picked these and placed them in this plastic container are even more wonderful. I will leave them just as they are.


Deidre said...

Oh, I love this post. When I was younger, I had a friend whose Mom would always say to her (when she woke in a bad mood), "Go back to your room and don't come out until you can see the flowers in the vase, instead of the dust on the table". I've said this to my girls already in different ways. Choosing to see the beauty is sometimes hard, but always worth it. Your post reminded me of that.

Thanks, Chris!

Susanne said...

Love this Chris! Seeing the beauty and the heart behind it is always a good lesson for all of us!

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Sandy said...

Mmm, nothing like fresh flowers. And you're right, doesn't matter what the vase looks like! :)
Happy Monday Chris!

Anonymous said...

So nice ..!! Those flowers are true feelings of women.