How sweet it is when a child painstakingly picks those dandelions and offers them as a bouquet! There is pride on his face for thinking of it. There is hope there too, that you will recognize the effort and be grateful for his gesture of love. The problem comes almost immediately as those flowers begin to wilt in his hot little hand. One hates to disappoint a child and so we put them in water in hopes they will last a little longer.
Our verse for today is a contrast between what will last and what will not last. Mortals are pictured as grass and like the flower in the field (verse 15). We flourish for a short time and then are no more. Like the dandelion, our lives can be full of beauty but oh so short.
How incredible is the contrast with God’s love for His own! His love is from everlasting to everlasting. It does not wilt. His love is evident now and continues without interruption into eternity. And it is so much more beautiful than the lowly dandelion!
God’s love does not disappoint. When a bouquet is offered there is the expectation that eventually it will die and be thrown out. But with the love of God, there is no end. His love and compassion never fail and they are renewed every morning (Lam. 3:22-23). The constancy of His love is amazing when compared to tired fickle human love!
Whether a bouquet of flowers is offered for a birth, a wedding, or a funeral, its life will be a short one. As they wilt, may I be reminded of God’s everlasting love.