On top of the rose stem sits a beautiful piece of artwork. From beginning to end, petals gracefully fold into each other creating a stunning design. The petals are delicate and can easily be broken from a simple touch or a slight breeze. Yet, this flower is magnificently designed by the master’s hand. It is perfect.
Standing tall is the lily. Its long and stunning petals curve backwards beckoning the admirer to gaze upon its beauty. This flower is also magnificently designed by the master’s hand. It is perfect.
These flowers were given to us from our Father. We enjoy their beauty and breathe in the sweet smelling aroma that flows from their petals.
Two flowers perfectly made by our creator and designed for a purpose. They are perfect.
Psalm 139:14 (NIV)
I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.
The Oxford Dictionary describes perfect as having all the required or desirable elements, qualities or characteristics. I like this definition. It assures us that being perfect is not one size fits all.
The rose and lily are each equipped with a set of qualities and characteristics that make them different from each other. The rose that is so pleasing to the eye can hurt with its prickly thorns. The lily stands in confidence in the warm summer sun, yet quickly fades away like a wave in the ocean.
They were each given exactly what they need to perform their purpose. God also created us to be unlike each other and has given us different spiritual gifts.
Romans 12:6 (NIV)
We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. If your gift is prophesying, then prophesy in accordance with your faith.
Not everyone has the same gift as you, but that’s ok. God can use each of our gifts to help others in need.
A rose doesn’t strive to be a lily. A lily does not try to be a rose. And because we are each created for a different purpose, we don’t have to try and be like others.
We can take comfort in knowing God wants us to be the person He created us to be. And then be that person.
This week, I’m linking up with these great ladies:
Good Morning Monday | Monday Musings | Motivate and Rejuvenate Mondays | Sharing his Beauty Monday | Intentional Tuesday | RahRah Linkup | Tell his story | Testimony Tuesday | Wedded Wednesday | Woman to Woman Wednesday | Woman With Intention Wednesday | Faith Barista | Thought Provoking Thursday | Faith filled Friday | Fellowship Friday | Grace and Truth | The weekend brew | Susan B. Meade | Still Saturday