This week we have been studying the Israelites and the Sanctuary. Our accompanying nature lesson is about flowers.
One of our assignments was to dissect a flower. I think I was more excited about this than the kids. But once we got started, the excitement spread. My are flowers gorgeous … even on the inside!
We started by dissecting a morning glory. With a paring knife we carefully sliced through the middle of the calyx to see inside the ovary. Then using our pocket microscope we were able to see the dew-like pollen-producing glands of the stamen. Talk about wow!
My son was excited to see that deep down in the ovary of the flower there were orange spots. His favorite color.
Doesn’t God just know how to make us smile?
Each petal of a flower like a sunflower (or clover) is really an individual flower with its own stamens, pistil, and ability to produce seed. One sunflower is literally made of several smaller flowers.
In and of itself a “petal” of a sunflower is nothing fancy. But when taken as a whole, all of those little flowers combined make a beautiful giant sunflower. They could never look that way alone.
What a glorious lesson in each doing our parts as the body of Christ, all working toward the same heavenly mission.
Sometimes I feel like one petal, working alone. Me against the world.
But then God reminds me that we are each part of a bigger plan.
And though life may seem hopeless at times, it’s all part of His grand design to reflect the image of God and press on toward the ultimate goal.
On those days I’m tempted to give up, I pray I will remember the sunflower and press on, doing my small part, so that one day I will be able to see the beauty in its entirety.
And the Lord will say, “Well done good and faithful servant.”
“Let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart.” Galatians 6:9