I had a flashback today while walking on a bike path near my home. Scooter, my Yorkie-Poo, and I love to walk this 40-minute walk almost every day. (Except on the days when I don't love it. When I'd rather be a couch potato. On those days, he loves the walk and I only go because it's good for me and I'm tired of his begging.) Normally, my 81-year-old mother joins me, but since she wasn't feeling well, it was just me and Scooter today. Without someone to talk to, I began noticing flowers along the sidewalk I hadn't seen before. Suddenly, my mind flashed back to a conversation I had with my grandmother years ago.
When we lived in Germany, my grandmother came for a visit and we decided we needed some exercise. I put my youngest in the stroller while my five-year-old walked beside me holding my grandmother's hand. We walked from our townhouse through a quaint German neighborhood and then across a field to get to the canal that led to a water reserve, which was a great place for exercise. As we walked across the field, my grandmother said, "Anneliese, look at the flowers." I looked at the pretty wild flowers she pointed out to me and admired them. She said, "You must always notice the flowers around you. God put them there for your enjoyment."
Years have gone by since that day. My children have grown and married, and my grandmother has gone home to be with the Lord, but her words have stayed with me. As I've faced various stresses in life, I've tried to make a point of noticing the flowers along my path -- the blessings in my life. No matter how difficult the circumstances, if you seek Him, you will find Him. Even if it's in the flower along your path.
"Consider the lilies, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these." (Luke 12:27 ESV)
Jesus told us to "Consider the lilies." Become aware of nature around us for there are lessons to be learned. Jesus was addressing our anxious thoughts in this verse. If God cares for flowers and grass that are here today and gone tomorrow, how much more will He care for you. So the next time you go for a walk, notice the flowers and remember how much you are loved and cared for. Call out to Jesus and ask Him to bring you through whatever trial you're facing. Then ask Him to help you to become aware of His presence. He will help you not to feel alone. He will encourage you.
As I walked alone with Scooter today, I pulled out my iPhone and began taking pictures of the things I saw. I was amazed at how many flowers I pass every day and never notice them because I'm distracted by life. I'm grateful for my grandmother who shared her wisdom with me and helped me to experience the love of Jesus today through words she spoke to me long ago. "Anneliese, look at the flowers."
January 19, 2022