27-29 “Has anyone by fussing in front of the mirror ever gotten taller by so much as an inch? All this time and money wasted on fashion—do you think it makes that much difference? Instead of looking at the fashions, walk out into the fields and look at the wildflowers. They never primp or shop, but have you ever seen color and design quite like it? The ten best-dressed men and women in the country look shabby alongside them.
There’s nothing quite like a crowd of wildflowers to capture the imagination and take your breath away. Often blooming for no other reason but to flower and create beauty for us to enjoy. It’s a wonder how just in flowering, such aspects of nature are so captivating and speak softly of divinity, purity and simple pleasures. These wistful images that you see above we retaken in a crowd of flowers which had conveniently flowered in our front yard. Following previous successful front yard shoots Val sat as gently as she could into these field (I say field but it was less “field” more “patch”) and I happily snapped away.
You see, as I graduate this year and Val progresses to her final year of university, here in the world in v&v, we’ve both been overwhelmed by the prospect of 2014. 2014; a year of change, new discoveries, challenges, risk, the unknown. When faced with such tremendous uncertainty, don’t we all often worry about what the future holds? In a society where FOMO is paramount and social media wrecks havoc on our insecurities, its no wonder that we are anxious for our presents, and even more so, for our futures.
But let me remind you friends, let me remind that as wildflowers bloom easily and blissfully in a patch of our front yard and brings joy to the inhabitants of our home, so will we bloom and move and awake and create. Away with doubts of appearance, success, opportunities and prestige. As we move in our giftings, in our passions and in love to form beauty in the world, let the knowledge that there is always a joy for today and a hope for tomorrow fill you with a tranquility that rest gently in your heart.
30-33 “If God gives such attention to the appearance of wildflowers—most of which are never even seen—don’t you think he’ll attend to you, take pride in you, do his best for you? What I’m trying to do here is to get you to relax, to not be so preoccupied with getting, so you can respond to God’s giving. People who don’t know God and the way he works fuss over these things, but you know both God and how he works. Steep your life in God-reality, God-initiative, God-provisions. Don’t worry about missing out. You’ll find all your everyday human concerns will be met.
34 “Give your entire attention to what God is doing right now, and don’t get worked up about what may or may not happen tomorrow. God will help you deal with whatever hard things come up when the time comes.
-Matthew 6 (The Message Bible)