September 16, 2019

Sunflowers

Bryan and the boys got me a beautiful bouquet of flowers on a random Sunday in September. It wasn’t my birthday or an anniversary. They did it just to show me love.

Rhett walked in after they gave them to me and said, “I think they’re ugly”.

Now, if you know Rhett, you know he’s glass half empty. Always. So I knew there was more to the story.

Bryan walked in and explained that he’d had the florist add sunflowers because they are my favorite, but she only had a few sunflowers she didn’t think were the best that she’d tossed in the trash. Bryan told her they’d take them anyways. 

Rhett looked at the bouquet and saw flowers from the trash. Which made them “ugly” to him. But I said over and over how beautiful and perfect they were and how much they brightened my day and he started to come around too. 

I was just reading my bible and was brought back to this conversation from yesterday. I’ve been doing a lot of work on who God says I am and finding my worth in Him. 

Today in Holley Gerth’s book I was reading she said, “Who you are and how you look are intentional, chosen with care.”

And it brought me back to the flowers. Bryan intentionally asked for the sunflowers because he knows how much I love them. They were chosen with care by him for me, but they were discarded by the florist. 

How true is this of Our God. The world and social media and tv... they tell us beauty is only found in looking a specific way. But what if God is here saying, you may have been discarded by the world, but I intentionally chose your features because they are what you needed to draw closer to me and show my love to others. I chose them because I love you and want what’s best for you. 

You may be missing a petal and have a crooked stem. But when He sees you He see beauty. 

While I was writing this I kept looking at the arrangement on my counter. They are gorgeous and smell so sweet. But I feel like something would be missing without those sunflowers. I am so glad Bryan added them. I’ve loved them since I was a little girl, and God has used sunflowers to comfort me and bring me joy in many ways and in many seasons. 

Today He has used sunflowers to show me that beauty is truly in the eye of the beholder. And I think the one who created them is who I’ll decide to listen to. 

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