Thursday, April 10, 2008

Wildflowers and Flowers

Reflections by the Sea © Betsy Ore Glass
April 10, 2008

Moreover, when God gives any man wealth and possessions, and enables him to enjoy them, to accept his lot and be happy in his work - this is a gift of God. – Ecclesiastes 5:19 NIV

April marks the beginning of a show of color from various types of natural, coastal wildflowers and flowers. Many are endangered and protected to ensure their annual return for all to enjoy. From April to October, many flowers dot the sides of highways, beach paths and back roads. One of the most common is Gaillardia or also known as Indian Blanket. Flowers that grow on the barrier islands are especially hardy as they must endure severe conditions and salt spray. Wildflowers will spring up anywhere. They aren’t necessarily choosy about their location. Just as long as they have a sandy soil, sunshine and water, they put on a spectacular display of beauty.

Happiness is a choice we make. The wildflowers don’t seem to be affected if they are too close to the road or next to a field of weeds. They flower anyway. We can learn a lesson or two from nature. Many times we allow our circumstances to affect our ability to be happy. It has happened to all of us at one time or another. But just being aware that our circumstances have no control over us unless we allow it is a beginning. Learning to overcome the problems or situations with a glad, happy attitude will improve our quality of life. It is not usually the big things. It’s the little things that can affect us the most. God would rather change us than change our circumstances. He is always trying to grow us spiritually and He helps us to stand upright. The wildflowers find contentment wherever they end up. If we trust God that He has us right where He wants us at this moment, then we don’t have to live in wonder, frustration or anxiety about our circumstances. It doesn’t matter if our life appears to be a field of weeds, or if we are in a drought. It is all according to His Purpose. He can make a difference in our life in every way. But it is up to us to choose to be happy.

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