Sunday, March 9, 2014

Flowers for Roscoe

When we found out Alisha was pregnant, I bought her some flowers. They weren't cut flowers, but instead it was some potted flowers that I thought would last longer. We set them outside and watered them regularly, but soon the flowers withered and died off, leaving just an empty plastic pot. I consoled myself by saying "Oh well, at least they lasted a little longer than cut ones".

Over the next several months we discovered that our baby had IUGR and faced the danger of not surviving. We planted other stuff outside and some of it grew fantastically (sunflowers, tomatoes) and others didn't grow so well (wild flowers, strawberries). As things died off and others grew bigger, we mixed potting soil around to give nutrients to the plants that flourished.

One or two months ago, we saw some weeds growing up in the bed where our sunflowers had been. I was going to pull them, but Alisha told me not to because she thought they were her flowers. I had pulled up similar weeds from elsewhere in our backyard, but she was convinced and so I let them grow. They just got bigger and bigger, like any weed would. However, a few weeks ago those weeds grew bulbs on their stalks and then last week those bulbs bloomed:
Just like Roscoe, those flowers hadn't been given a chance of survival. Just like Roscoe, God brought them up and made them healthy again. The resiliency of these little flowers (and my little boy) are a testament to the care and faithfulness of our creator.

Why are you worried about clothing? Observe how the lilies of the field grow; they do not toil nor do they spin, yet I say to you that not even Solomon in all his glory clothed himself like one of these. But if God so clothes the grass of the field which is alive today and tomorrow is thrown into the furnace, will He not much more clothe you? You of little faith! Do not worry then, saying "What will we eat?" or "What will we drink?" or "What will we wear for clothing?" For the Gentiles eagerly seek all these things; for your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. So do not worry about tomorrow; for tomorrow will take care of itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.
- Matthew 6:28-34