“Consider how the lilies grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you, not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these.” (Luke 12:27)
It was a cold and dull winter’s day when I recently entered my room for a stay in hospital. The first thing I noticed was that the view outside the window was mostly of a lot of mud and mess from building works being done.
As I looked a little more closely there was a garden on the other side that has had a beautiful display of roses, that are now mostly all finished. Underneath the roses there are beautiful daffodils and despite the gloomy day, their colour is bright and gives a sense of happiness.
I’ve always loved daffodils and felt that a bunch of these flowers, can brighten up any room. They are such a bright, happy colour and their centres seem raised to take in the sunshine.
Like knowing that with clouds there is still a sliver lining, these flowers outside my window give some brightness in the midst of a scary and apprehensive time for me.
The nurses tell me that when the sun shines, this is a beautiful room, bathed in sunlight–so I look forward to that, even though it is dull now.
These are reminders to me that God has not forgotten me –I’m shown His planning and presence in these small ordinary things. The beauty He creates for me to see and enjoy, but also the promises He gives of warmer, brighter, days ahead.
This stay in hospital may be painful and unpleasant, but there is the hope that I will see a benefit from it and that my immediate future may be better than the difficulties of the previous months.
I find these sights and thoughts, a gift from an all-knowing God, to a troubled soul.
Prayer: Thank you Father, that You know what we need and that You give us reminders of Your love and care in our lives every day, if we are prepared to look for them. Amen.
About the Author:
Fiona Burrows lives in Melbourne, Australia. She is thankful for the difference God makes in her life, and the lessons He teaches her, as she lives with chronic back pain. She enjoys finding time for reading, writing, and photography, and to travel when she is able. You can contact her in the Sunroom.
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What sort of reminders, or visual sights has God given to you at times when you really needed to be aware of His care, or His presence?