“The grass withers and the flowers fade,
but the word of our God stands forever” (Isaiah 40:8, NLT).
Costa Rica has over 1,400 species of orchids. People here take pride in displaying them in and around their homes (usually by the front entrance). Back in the States, I would most often wear one pinned to my dress or blouse to celebrate Mother’s Day. Growing orchids was very difficult when I lived in Texas. For nearly ten years, one survived on my kitchen windowsill. It was beautiful, but it didn’t compare with the ones that grow so easily and abundantly here.
I love flowers. Every Friday morning at the feria (farmer’s market), there is a man selling a wide variety. Joyfully admiring his selection today, I passed on to purchase the weekly produce. Lilies are my favorite cut flowers. But if given the choice, I would much rather receive a plant instead. That way I can enjoy the flowers longer. Even with additives, cut flowers seem to never last long enough.
Edna St. Vincent Millay once said, “Beauty is whatever gives joy.” The emotion of happiness or joy is usually attributed to positive circumstances. But I have experienced beauty from times of great sadness as well. For me, true beauty comes from a significant appreciation for a person, thing, or situation. It’s making the most of and enjoying what you have. Because no matter how we try to manipulate things (or people) to our advantage, it’s not guaranteed to last or work out.