Flowers that fade are not uncommon. It can happen when there is too much exposure to sun and heat. A once vibrant color can fade after being pollinated, no longer needing its suitors. But the flower can also fade from stress after being transplanted. Flowers growing from bulbs, such as the daffodil, fade with age. The hydrangeas in my garden in France would fade being sensitive to the acidity of the soil. The writer, Robert Bridges, used this image of fading flowers to describe diminishing love.
Today’s verse uses the grass that withers and the flower that fades to illustrate how brief and temporary life is. The green grass can spring up overnight after a good rain and blanket a hillside. And just as quickly, the grass can wither in an unrelenting sun. The flower can enjoy a stunning burst of color, but eventually fades. What a contrast to God’s Word that never withers and never fades! It is always true and never changing.
God’s Word is living and enduring, making my life full of vibrant color (I Peter 1:23). Through His Word He has put in me seed that never dies. In a winter of bare trees and dry grass, I know that in the spiritual realm it is always spring! His Word refreshes and strengthens me (Ps. 119:28). Nothing can ever happen to make it untrue, unreliable or irrelevant. What God says brings me comfort and hope in the most dire situations. His promises keep me strong and His reassurances give me courage. I cannot even imagine life without His precious Word to help me live it!
Lord, keep me faithfully reading Your Word.