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Sunday, February 06, 2011

Friendship is like a Flower



Friendship is like a flower. It needs roots, soil, sunlight, water and carbon dioxide to grow. The roots you put down first and they must be embedded in the soil to have something to hold onto. The roots are the basis of your relationship, which is trust. The roots – your trust in each other – necessarily need the soil to grasp in order to be firmly ingrained in the ground. The soil is the things that make up your relationship: inside jokes, fun times together, meaningful discussions, etc. Once a flower is firmly rooted in the soil, the next thing it needs is sunlight. God is like the sunlight, which nourishes the flower, warms it, and towards which the flower grows. The more sunlight the flower receives, the more it grows closer to God. Thus, as two people in a friendship, or any relationship, focus and rely on God – their sunlight and source of life – they will grow closer to him. The fourth thing a flower needs to survive is water. Water is the river of tears cried, the flooding of emotions, the oceans of grief that the two people in this friendship struggle through together. Because no matter who you are, there will always be bad times that you will have to go through in life. And if your flower (relationship) is rooted on trust, in the soil of the good times, and growing towards God, your flower will always be able to weather through the rainstorms that come your way. Finally, the carbon dioxide. Plants need carbon dioxide to convert into oxygen, which we as humans need to breathe to live. So there is an input of carbon dioxide, and an output of oxygen that the flower will produce. The input – the carbon dioxide – that the flower takes into itself is the Jesus and Holy Spirit. Carbon dioxide is something that we cannot see, touch, taste, smell, or hear, but we know that it is there and that plants soak it up. When the flower – your friendship as a whole (meaning both people) – put faith in and have accepted Jesus as their Lord and Savior, then they let in the carbon dioxide – the Holy Spirit – to dwell within that relationship. Then, the output of that is the oxygen, which is the good works which result from a Godly relationship with one another. The flower – your friendship – necessarily needs the carbon dioxide – the Holy Spirit – to come within them in order to produce Godly oxygen – or deeds done according to the Word of God. Therefore, friendship is like a flower.

“All flesh is grass, and all its beauty is like the flower of the field…The grass withers, the flower fades, but the word of our God will stand forever.” – Isaiah 40:6