About twice a month I buy fresh flowers and place them throughout our Philly twin. Lilies and daffodils are my favorite. The flowers just seem to add a sense of peace and they make me feel like I can take on every corrupt thing in this world and beat the hell out of it! Yes, the lilies and daffodils give me that kind of power; like I can conquer and defeat all evil! I understand that vibranium from Wakanda is the precious stones we are all dying to get out hands on, if just in our imaginations, but right now lilies and daffodils are easier for me to put my hands on. For moments, with the vase full of God’s peaceful creation, I can dance around the living room as the sun comes across the windows, hitting the daffodils and a streak of yellow curves and adds comfort and warmth. For those moments, everything is alright in the world. For those moments, there is no danger. The lilies and the daffodils offer me a smile and provide me with a beauty that my soul apparently needs to view and believe that such beauty still exists. These moments bring to light that life is still good and dreams are still right around the corner.
How do we stop and breathe and believe and dance and dream and admire and love and just be, again. I know, it’s been awhile for all us. Talks of wars, disregard for children, hatred which is normalized, evil which is confused with patriotism. Yes, this period of time in our history is definitely a frightening one. Some of us may feel like there is something we should be doing to save it. We just don’t know how. We have closed ourselves off from each other, fearing one another. We’ve unfortunately adjusted to the same ugliness that we despise; adjusted to smell of rotten bodies; our hearts are hardened. We’ve closed our doors, turned off the lights, pulled the covers over our faces and dread for the tomorrow. The tomorrow which we have already decided to be the same ugly day, tragic day, hard day, can you kick be any harder day?!! Yes these kind of days; these “freaking” normal days can not stay as “freaking” normal days. Therefore, lilies and daffodils are required. Lilies and daffodils are required to remind us that there is still beauty in the world. God still allows beauty to grow among us. God still allows inspiration in nature when God know longer can depend upon the heart of humankind.
Lilies and daffodils grow and gives to us intentional beauty. Intentional to make one admire and feel great about the world in which one lives. Intentional about providing happiness when we walk by a field of sunshine on a dreary day. Intentional to make us notice it’s strength that they are here to serve us and give us an appreciation for God’s wonders and to let us know that God can still grow beauty in the midst of chaos.
Yes, simplicity of lilies and daffodils humbles us.
I don’t know what your favorite flower is. Maybe you don’t like flowers. But don’t you agree that we should remember how to dance? That we should remember how to speak and smile at each other? That we should remember how it feels to show kindness? That we should remember how to see beauty and even more important to relate to God’s wonders? That even the smallest beauty can give us the nod we need to know that God still need for us to believe that God is still believing for God’s greatest creation, humankind, to grow and shine in a dark and dreary world and help save it from it’s ugly demise? There is time. God is waiting.
So what kind of flower vase do you have? Crystal, glass, ceramic? Any will do!