Tuesday, December 19, 2006

The Garden of Life

*Disclaimer* Although I know that somewhere there is a book or list of different meanings for different flowers. However, I don't know them all, and the attributes I've assigned to different flowers are entirely of my own imagination.

If your life were a garden, what would be growing in it? The Bible tells us that we do indeed "plant" things in our lives. Galatians 6:7 says, "Do not be deceived; God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows." So, what are you growing in the garden of life?

Are the red roses of love growing in your garden? Love that is true, and not self-seeking? What about the white roses of purity? Are they in your life, presenting themselves clean and spotless to the world? Are the carnations of compassion flowering beautifully? Along with them, are the lilies of kindness blooming big and bright?

Walking on, would we find the daffodils of joy cheerfully making your garden a fun, joyful place? Are the pansies of peace placidly providing a calm atmosphere? Are the hyacinths of hope keeping your spirits up, while the lilacs of faith keep your trust in God unwavering?

In the prettiest part of the garden, are the violets of gentleness doing well? And the primroses of patience, ever nearby, are they growing in depth and size? Are the daisies of grace dancing their way trough the garden, not only affecting your poise, but also helping you overlook others' faults? And the bluebells of modesty, are they blooming away, sweet, yet rarely noticed? Likewise, are the buttercups of humility helping all the other lovely flowers by protecting you from become high and haughty?

Close by, are the sunflowers of wisdom sharing their seeds and lessons learned with others? Are the peonies of prudence there as well, helping you know when to speak and when to keep silent? As a necessity to your reputation, are you tending the hydrangeas of honesty carefully? Are the chrysanthemums of justice working to make sure no one is taken advantage of, while the marigolds of mercy work patiently and kindly with those who have done wrong?

No garden would be complete without the gardenias of diligence working hard to get things done. Coupled with the tulips of strength, a lot can be accomplished. Is the wisteria of endurance winding its way around, refusing to give up? What about the orchids of self-control? Are you growing those stronger and stronger?

In the center of the garden, is the goldenrod of the fear and love of the Lord shining brightly and reminding you not to compromise on His commands?

Just as it is important to plant good things in your garden, it is important to guard against the bad things that would try to grow. The devil loves to plant weeds of bitterness, envy, and strife, and send out briers of selfishness, laziness, and deceitfulness. He's always trying to find ways to plant evil little things, that would grow to wreak havoc on your garden. You must be alert, and tend your garden carefully. Pull out the weeds and cut away the briers as soon as you can, to prevent them from taking root and chocking the delicate flowers.

So, how's your garden? Is it a beautifully array of colors, spreading sweet perfume wherever you go, or is it drab and lifeless? Are you tending the garden of your life well?


Miriam Rebekah said...

That made me think, Anna. I see some flowers that I need to work on more.
Please tell me when you think I need to pull some weeds and briers and make my garden grow more pretty. :)

Elizabeth Ellen Moore said...

I love this illustration! I need to work on some of my flowers too. Thank you, Anna!

Mandy Grace said...

What a lovely post! I am glad you found my blog again, and feel free to link to it. :-)

Ella said...

Anna, I love how you wrote that post! I am a flower person. My dream used to be to be a flower designer. (I still would enjoy learning that art.) Anyway, you made me think. While I see some of the flowers growing, I also see ones that I could tend a little more better!

Anna Naomi said...

Glad you enjoyed the post, girls. I too have "flowers" that could use some fertilizing. =)

Susan said...

What neat imagery, Anna! You have an eye for combining a flower with an appropriate attribute :). And nice use of alliterations :).

lioness_for_Him said...

That was absolutely lovely. I'm very much a sentimental person, and I do love flowers.
I'm afraid, though, that the pansies, violets and buttercups are buggy, and the garden wants a general weeding.

I absolutely adore the allegory in that post, however. Might I share it, giving credit where credit is due, on my own blog?

Anna Naomi said...

Glad you liked it, Susan and Rebekah.

Rebekah, I don't mind if you share it. I'd feel honored! =)

Maria Pauline said...

Thanks Anna, that was a great one. Well done. :D May I share it as well?

Anna Naomi said...

Sure, Maria Pauline, I don't mind! =)