Photo and Commentary ©2019 by Robert Howson
Tuesday, April 30, 2019

How long do they last? We might be tempted to greedily answer, “Not long enough”. Such a response might follow our attempts to perpetuate their beauty by adding whatever it is the florist encloses with our cluster of picked flowers in hopes it may extend their beauty a day or two longer. But the same could be said for those growing out in the field or even these flourishing in a neighbor’s entryway pot. Such a waste of pigment, gone and largely unappreciated by any human eye, but still poured out without measure by the Lord. “The Lavishness of the Lord”: I’ve used that expression before to describe this abundance of beauty that seems squandered on us. I know, it may aid in pollination, and perhaps other rational reasons may be given, but still this doesn’t account for the extravagance with which it is lavished upon us.

To me, it says two things, one about the Giver Himself, and the other about His attitude towards us. First of all, I find assurance that I worship a God who Himself loves beauty. In return I find myself naturally drawn to One who by His very nature takes pleasure in that which is harmonious and delightful. And secondly, I am naïve enough to believe He enjoys personally giving these gifts to me.

Paul, writing to young Timothy, uses this platform as a springboard for instruction in holy living. “Tell those who are rich in this present world not to be contemptuous of others, and not to rest the weight of their confidence on the transitory power of wealth but on the living God, who generously gives us everything for our enjoyment.” (I Timothy 6:17 J.B. Phillips) Aren’t you glad you worship a God who enjoys generously giving?