By Marilyn Turk
Am I a Weed or a Wildflower?
When I go for a walk in our neighborhood, I head for the nature trail, preferring trees and greenery to asphalt and concrete. One of the benefits of the trail is the opportunity to discover wildflowers that appear unbidden and unexpectedly in a natural habitat.
I love their intricate details and lovely colors – their presence brings me joy. And I’m reminded that mankind did not plant them there. Only our Creator placed them where he wanted them as he designed the landscape. I can imagine how, as an artist, he proudly appointed each flower its place in his piece of art. They were not accidents. They were not afterthoughts. They were no less important than any other plant or flower in the world.
A friend of mine has several acres of land. A gardener herself, she took pictures of the wildflowers on her land. Then she mowed them down, deeming their presence unwanted, relegating them to the status of less desirable weeds.
Who decided whether a flower is a weed or not? Obviously, horticulturists picked and chose certain plants to promote and others to relegate as unwanted. But what did the Master Gardener think about each plant? What was its unique purpose?
Unfortunately, man has a way of judging whether people are worthy or not as well. Some are considered flowers while others are relegated as weeds. But could a weed become worthwhile? We’ve learned that certain wildflowers are necessary to bees and bees are necessary to pollination. Without the wildflowers, the bees are disappearing. So now, gardeners are being encouraged to plant the wildflowers they once thought unimportant.
Thank God, He accepts me whether man thinks I’m a weed or a flower. Because He believed I was redeemable, no matter what others thought. No matter what I thought.
He redeemed me and made me a “lily of the field.”
“So why do you worry about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; and yet I say to you that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.” Matthew 6:28-20