Isn't it wonderful to see our gardens begin to spring into life again? But did you know that flowers have a language all of their own? Most of us receive flowers when someone is thinking of us... birthday, anniversary, 'Thank You', bereavement etc. In fact, it's said that every sentiment known to mankind can be expressed through flowers. Though experts may disagree on the true meaning of each variety, tradition has it that ultimate truth can be expressed through flowers, including the most profound truth of all...
The traditional meaning of the white chrysanthemum is truth... something which can at times seem hard to find amongst the claims and promises of the advertiser or politician! So who can we really trust? Well, it's recorded in the Bible that on more than 80 occasions Christ Jesus used the words... 'I tell you the truth' . But He also went further in saying...
I am the way and the truth and the life.
No-one comes to the Father except through me.
He tells us that it's only through Him that we can find a right relationship with God the Father. So without the new start in life that only He can give we have no hope of heaven...
I tell you the truth, no-one can see the kingdom of God unless they are born again.
Of course many of us believe that doing our best to live a decent life will see us 'right' with the Almighty. And yet the geranium, meaning stupidity or folly, would echo God's warning to us...
There is a way that appears right, but in the end it leads to death.
In saying to us 'Beware', the begonia reminds us of the dreadful danger we face...
...people are destined to die once and after that the judgment...
The rose, and in particular the red rose, has become the universal tangible expression of romantic love. And yet God's love for you and me is far greater than this... because at its very heart is the greatest sacrifice of all...
For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever
believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
The Lord Jesus Christ took our sin upon Himself on the Cross of Calvary. So when seeking His forgiveness we turn away from all we know to be wrong, we're credited with His purity, of which the humble daisy is a symbol. And when we invite the risen Christ Jesus into our lives to become our Saviour and Lord we're given a brand new start in life...
...if anyone is in Christ, that person is a new creation.
The old has gone, the new is here!
2 Corinthians 5:17
...along with the motivation and power to live a new lifestyle... which is simply wonderful!
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