“One cannot love flowers without hating weeds- One cannot love God without hating Satan.” –Dr. Hyles
As I read the book “Grace and Truth” by Dr. Hyles, he made the above statement and it immediately grabbed my attention. I thought about the statement and began to ponder on the thought of the quote.
As a little kid, I thought that all plants were beautiful (I still do), but when I picked a weed, my mom would tell me that those aren’t flowers, just weeds.
Weeds are hurtful to many things.
Certain weeds contain chiggers, the little red bugs that would get under your skin and irritate you. Weeds would also grow in your vegetable garden or flower bed and make your masterpiece look terrible. How is it that Satan tries to grow weeds in our garden and we let him? God is the gardener and we are the plants. God tries to take care of his garden, but sometimes we let Satan take over us with his weeds.
As flowers of God, we need three specific things to survive in the garden…
Obviously I know I spelled sunshine wrong — but in the garden of life, we don’t need sunshine, we need Sonshine, as in the shining of Jesus. Since God is the master gardener and He is the one to watch over His flowers, He sent His son to shine in this awful world.
Luke 19:10 says, “For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.”
God sent His only son (John 3:16) to save a world full of darkness. If you are saved, you have the sonshine inside of you and as a Christian you should radiate that light.
Matthew 5:16 says, “Let your light so shine before men that they may seek and save that which was lost”.
Water is one of the best ingredients a flower could take in. As one of God’s flowers, we need to take in the living water — or in other words, the Word of God.
Matthew 4:4 says, “But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.”
Having a daily walk with God is vital as a Christian.
Sometimes flowers go days on end without having water, and they slowly start dying. It’s the same way with Christians. If we don’t get our daily Bible reading in, we start to wilt away. There might not be any appearance changes just yet, but eventually you will start showing the ugliness of the world.
Isaiah 40:8 says, “The grass withereth, the flower fadeth: but the word of our God shall stand for ever”.
3) Strong Roots in the Foundation
When a flower is planted, they have weak roots because they are new. They start to grow and might even attach onto another flower’s roots, but eventually that flower will have to make its own roots into the ground. We can’t have everyone else’s standards; we have to have our own instead.
Galatians 6:4 says, “But let every man prove his own work, and then shall he have rejoicing in himself alone, and not in another.”
An example in the Bible that stood for right no matter what he went through is Job. He lost all he had yet he still served God.
God wants His garden to be beautiful and full of flowers that are grown for His pleasure. We are to take in the Sonshine, get plenty of the living water, and take root in our beliefs.
Adrianna Maria – Column: Faith
Adrianna Pena is an 18-year-old senior in high school. She’s a girl who has a passion for writing and a love for her Savior. In her free time, she enjoys reading, blogging, and playing piano. She’s also a major coffee addict!