Why give a bouquet of death?

May 13, 2020 · Print This Article

My wife recently had a minor health problem which meant an operation in hospital as a day patient. As a result, our four children with their spouses all sent a lovely bouquet of flowers. With four lovely bouquets, our lounge looked almost like a flower shop. But, inevitably, after about a week all the flowers died and were then thrown out.

That is not a criticism of giving flower bouquets, it’s just a fact. I arrange a bouquet of flowers for my wife on every wedding anniversary. But when flowers are cut, although they look beautiful for a time, you have given them a death sentence. However nice they may be, and however long they last, we know they will die.

This prompted a parallel thought about our lives. From the moment we are born we are travelling a path that will end in death; death is the natural conclusion to life. Sadly, some die young, but we all hope to live a long, productive life. And even if we live to receive a telegram from the Queen on our 100th birthday, we know death will come.

A bit like the gloriousness of those flowers, we may have a glorious life, enjoy a nice career, live in a nice house, and drive a nice car. Whilst alive, we can have a real impact on the people around us, improving and uplifting their lives in a similar way as flowers do on a smaller scale. But where are the people who were the movers and shakers of the world two hundred years ago? The great men and women of history have faded like those cut flowers, as will the great men and women of today. We may be a household name in our lifetime but as our life recedes into history, who will remember us?

These flowers remind me of a statement in a book: ‘Yes, our natural lives will fade as grass does when it becomes all brown and dry. All our greatness is like a flower that droops and falls;’[1]  It’s an interesting comment on human life. When I read it, it made me reflect. How do I feel about enjoying everything life can offer me today yet having to prepare to fade into the dust like a cut flower when it ends? It’s uncomfortable. How about you? I’m guessing you might feel the same.

So is there any other way out of this inevitable end? I believe there is. And it’s an open door if you want to go through it. I believe this because of the very next part of that statement I just shared. It continues, ‘but the word of the Lord will last for ever. And his message is the Good News that was preached to you.’[2]

Maybe you have not heard or registered this message, maybe you’re wondering, ‘what good news?’. You can read this good message from another part of this book, “Truly I tell you, anyone who believes has eternal life.”[3] These words were spoken from the lips of Jesus Christ. This is the loving promise from a God who you may dismiss as a fable, feel has no interest for you, who you have never considered as having anything of value to offer. When you think of the alternative – death – what price would you pay for eternal life?

So what is the price that Jesus asks? It is as simple as belief in Jesus as the forgiver of your sins and the giver of your eternal life!

Next time you see or give a bouquet of flowers maybe you will think about this blog and ask yourself the question, do I just want to live a brief physical life or is it worth investigating just what else this book contains and how it applies to me?

Keith Hartrick info@because.uk.com

Keith is an editor at Because

[1] The Bible, 1 Peter 1:24 (TLB)
[2] The Bible, 1 Peter 1:25
[3] The Bible, John 6:47
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