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Topic: Flowers (10/03/05)
TITLE: The Master Gardener
By Leisa Wilson
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If anyone ever wants to prove that the Theory of Evolution is wrong, point to a flower. There is no possibility, that anything so beautiful could exist without the Master Gardener. The complexity of the ecosystem that flowers are a part of is astounding. The bee gathers pollen from one flower and transfers some of that pollen to the next flower to continue the species. Hummingbirds and butterflies also gain their nourishment from its sweet nectar.
Flowers herald the coming of the season of renewal and new life–Spring in all of its brilliant glory. Along with those bright blooms comes a renewal of hope and good will as we remember that our Lord’s resurrection day is just around the corner. The white Easter Lily shows off its beauty and personifies the purity of our Savior.
Gardens are planted with the seeds that will produce a harvest of food and every flower and color imaginable. The growth cycle leads us into Summer. The avid gardener will see the signs of his coming harvest and enjoy the flowers. Some of his seeds will not sprout and some will grow abundantly. Birds, bugs, and disease will destroy others but the gardener will be ready with his fertilizer and pesticide. He prunes each bush to ensure proper growth just as Jesus prunes our lives so we grow in the Spirit.
As Fall nears, it is time for the great harvest. The gardener carefully harvests his crops and prepares for Winter. His flowers begin to wither as the nights grow colder. Some of his annual flowers will have to be planted again next year. The perennials will come back because their roots are strong enough to survive the coming storms. When the Gardener comes back to his garden, will he find annuals or perennials? Only our Lord knows.
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