– Monday Muse –
Dear One, as I neared our driveway after a two-mile, irregular walk, which was meant to be, and needed to become, a regular walk, I stopped along side the quiet road, and took in the beauty of a patch of wild Black-eyed Susan’s. How beautiful they were…standing beneath, and surrounded, by a sturdy growth of, as yet unopened, milkweed pods.
They seemed to be at their peak, but a soaking rain was desperately needed. I thought, you do not show it, but you must be thirsty.
From that spot I gazed to my left to the tall, Black-eyed Susan’s that Ron, my husband, had planted on the top of the bank in front of our home. His sprinkler system gave them a long drink of water early every morning; they never suffered drought. Ron also fed them slow-release fertilizer, and protected them from threatening insects.
I compared the wild with the domesticated. The ones on the bank stand taller and their blooms are larger. I pondered the difference between the fate of the wildflowers and those under the care of a faithful gardener.
And then, as it so often happens, the wildflower scene became an allegory. God desires to give His ‘wild ones’ the Living Water which nourishes, and protects. Though they are unaware the ‘wild ones’ are only, always, a short distance from His loving provision.
I thought of how so many people live like the Black-eyed Susan’s, just outside the perimeter of daily nourishment, apart from the loving Master Gardener, without the nourishment and Living Water He tenderly desires to provide.
Wildflowers, unlike people, cannot transplant themselves. They must wait for Man to do that. God waits for Man to transplant himself, and unlike the wildflower, Man has the ability, but Man can be stubborn, shortsighted, and easily get lost in the distractions of this world, blind to the true treasures of this life, and the next, be it heaven or hell.
Unlike the wildflower, Man has a choice, but as a ‘wild one,’ he is completely dependent on an unreliable environment. And all the while, God is near, whispering, “Come to Me. I designed you for a purpose, a purpose you will never discover apart from Me.”
“Oh Lord, may we do our part in sharing Your Truth with those who have an ear to hear. Amen.”
“…but whoever drinks of the water that I will give
him shall never thirst; but the water that I will give
him will become in him a well of water springing
up to eternal life.” John 4:14
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