If you could choose one flower to represent your life, what would it be? I tend to think the blue and purple hydrangea are “me,” the colors suggesting loyalty and the pompom “flowers” (actually brachts) for the life-experiences that have rounded out who I am. Earlier in life I would have been “Miss Shrinking Violet,” but God has a way of working on our weakest spots. I know people who’d be called “Mrs. Sunflower” (for her cheerful personalities) or “Mr. Red-Rose” (for his strong loyalty despite a few thorns on the way to knowing him).
We can’t work our way into favor with God. We can’t have a spiritual connection on our own accord, no more than a flower can bloom apart from a stem and root system. The vital life-connection is His gift, by faith. We can’t earn it by good works. However: