Giving God Flowers
"The King will reply, 'I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.'"1
On one occasion when, Joy, my wife, had been away for a few days visiting family. I wanted to welcome her home by buying her flowers as an expression of my love and to show how pleased I was to have her home.
That same morning when I was having my devotions I knew I was going to be buying flowers for Joy so I prayed, "God, I'd like to give you some flowers today, too, as an expression of my love and to let you know how grateful I am to you for all you have done and do for me."
And how do you give God flowers?
Well? it was a Saturday morning so I was out early to do some shopping at our local hardware store as I had chores around the home to fix. As I was walking to my car, I heard a voice behind me, looked around, and there was a clean-cut young man (about early-twenty-something) sitting on the curb. He wanted to know how he could get a taxi back to Camp Pendleton. He'd been waiting for about an hour and none had turned up. He was a marine and needed to get back to camp—so I said, "Jump in my car. I'll take you."
It was about a 50 mile round trip—but I think that was my opportunity to give God flowers. The soldier's name was Jason. I gave him one of my business cards, which has a link to our online gospel message, and invited him to visit our website. Please pray for Jason.
Have you given God any flowers lately? And husbands, have you given your wife any flowers lately? As Jesus said, as often as you show a kindness to anyone, you do this as unto me.
Suggested prayer: "Dear God, help me today in some way—no matter how small—to give you flowers by showing a kindness to a fellow sojourner in his or her moment of need. And grant that they will get a glimpse of Jesus in me, and will want Jesus for themselves. Thank you for hearing and answering my prayer. Gratefully, in Jesus' name, amen."
1. Matthew 25:40 (NIV).