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The Invisible Florist
by J. W. Jepson, D.Min.
Life In Christ Center, 3095 Cherry Heights Road, The Dalles, Oregon 97058
copyright � 1998 by J. W. Jepson
All rights reserved, including the right to grant the following permission and to prohibit the misuse thereof:The Author hereby grants permission to reproduce the text of this article, without changes or alterations*, as a ministry, but not for commercial or non-ministry purposes.
*Permission is given for publication of excerpts and condensed versions.
(First published in LIVE, September 1974.)
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"Say it with flowers" is familiar advice. And many of us have followed it too. Perhaps we wanted to say something special to someone, but we couldn't find the proper words or the right opportunity. "So we sent flowers. "That's the way we said, "I love you," or "I care." The beauty and fragrance of the flowers expressed and repesented our inner feelings.
God looks at a world that is filled with pain and sorrow because of man's selfishness. He loves people deeply and He wants so very much to tell them so.
One way that God shows his love and care is by sending flowers. And He's liberal with them too. He sends them to bad people everywhere. And the varieties are amazing! Some are plain and simple; others are rich and gorgeous.
The bestial passions of wicked men can degrade a beautiful valley into a scarred, hideous battlefield. But return a few years later and you'll find that God has planted acres of flowers there. The might be only dandelions and daisies, but they mean something. God is saying, "Let there be peace," and He's saying it with flowers.
Cover the narrow streets of the ghetto with layers of asphalt. Yet, in time a tender plant will break through the hard crust and a flower will bloom. You can't keep the power of life and hope buried forever, God is saying, and He's saying it with a flower.
A polluted stream flows through a field strewn with garbage. But look! Right in the middle of the litter a solitary rose proudly lifts its head above the refuse. Evil and sin shall not triumph! Gos is saying it with a flower.
Turn aside from the busy streets of the city and rest on a bench in the park among cultivated flowers of exotic bloom. Or stroll down a country lane, where many of the blossoms are wild and untended by human hands. To the saint and the sinner, the virtuous and the profane, the sensitive and the callous--to all of us--God is saying, "I can make your life beautiful. I know how to put the fresh touch of spring on every living thing, especially on that living being that I love most--you. If you'll let me, I'll make your spirit fragrant and lovely." He's saying it with flowers.
One day God sent us heaven's most beautiful Flower. He is called the Rose of Sharon and the Lily of the Valley. He is God's clearest, deepest, most eloquent way of saying to us, "I love you." People crushed Him on a cross. That only released His fragrance. They put Him into a garden tomb. But within three days heaven's Flower burst it open. He said , "I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live." John 11:25.
That's the message of every Easter lily. God is saying it with flowers.
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