March contains both the anniversary of my husband’s birthday and our wedding anniversary. Ron always bought me a bouquet of red roses on our special day. A trip to our local grocery store became more than a yogurt search. Right in front of the door stood the most beautiful display of red roses.
As I always do, I sniffed them, gazed longingly at them and headed for the yogurt. But this thought stopped me in my tracks.
“Why don’t you buy them?”
And I replied (in my head of course”) Why buy them. They will only die.”
And God replied, “You die too, yet I care for you.”
Do we really understand how much God cares for us? How he wants us to enjoy our time here with him? Do we care for ourselves as well as we care for others?
Just the week before, I purchased a bouquet of flowers for a friend. If a friend or my child needed something, I would get it for them, but I have often ignored my own needs in the wake of uncaring neglect.
This is not necessarily about flowers but it is about the small acts of kindness God expects us to do for ourselves as well as for others.
The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly. (John 10:10, KJV)
Prayer- Father, thank you for reminding us that kindness is all encompassing, all inclusive…an inclusive that includes even me. For Christ. Amen.