Don’t treat people like cut flowers
“For my father and my mother have forsaken me, But the Lord will take me up.“ Psalms 27:10
By Bobby R. Henry, Sr.
Sometimes do you feel like an old flower arrangement made from cut flowers that only capture the color and the beauty seen from one point?
These arrangements usually last only a few days and once your beauty has served its purpose you’re discarded into a pile of junk with life still in you.
That’s a terrible feeling; you still have life but others see you as if life seems to have passed you by. You go places, attend events where people look past you and no longer do they see you as useful; they think of you as all used up. Dressed up but don’t have any use except for window dressing.
The King sought guidance from the elders who attended to the needs of the wisest man that ever lived, King Solomon. “King Rehoboam consulted with the elders who had served his father Solomon while he was still alive, saying, “How do you counsel me to answer this people?” 1 Kings 12:6
How wrong they are for that misconception and ill-fated notion to believe that one’s use is based upon one’s age. Just because the physical portrait once seen in the eyes from a reflection of an outward appearance is fading, this doesn’t lessen the quality of the spirit of the person.
Of years gone by none are wasted; they are reverted back to be used as energy in another way.
How can the useless (those who are unaware of the spirit in them and others) call the useful (spirit driven) useless? “Lord, make me to know my end And what is the extent of my days; Let me know how transient I am. “Behold, You have made my days as handbreadths, And my lifetime as nothing in Your sight; Surely every man at his best is a mere breath.” Psalms 39:4-5
Sometimes we get angry because we have yet to understand the value of this life we have to the fullest we’re given.
For some that means that we are plucked from the garden, cut down and cut off, used and discarded without ever being allowed to complete the process of giving all that we have. “LORD, make me to know my end And what is the extent of my days; Let me know how transient I am.” Psalm 39:4
Even in our own families our children and elders are discarded away like old used tennis shoes.
We look at them literally as if their soles are worn out and yet, in actuality, their soles are being properly prepared for their greater use. “I will give thanks to You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Wonderful are Your works, And my soul knows it very well.” Psalm 139:14
Before we judge the old vase unworthy to hold such beautiful flowers, remove the dust and see the essence of usefulness in the worn in impressions of time.
A young man who is experiencing a life ending disease stated it this way, “This is His plan and I am blessed to live it.”—Barry Huff
WE ARE ALL SUBJECT TO THE VESITUDE OF GOD’S GRACE.WE JUS DON’T LOOK LIKE IN THE SAME WAY AT THE SAME TIME