Monday, May 02, 2011

Azaleas

My favorite spring flowers are lilacs.  But after having spent a spring in Maryland, I'd have to say azaleas run a close second now!  They are everywhere down here and in every color imaginable:  red, pink, coral, purple, yellow, and white.  OK, not black or green.
There are a whole lot of them in the woods outside our apartment and we can see them as we eat at our table. I have no idea if they grow wild or if somebody planted them there.  Then on the campus here (Washington Bible College & Capital Bible Seminary) there is a prayer garden with benches and nothing but azaleas.  One morning I took my Bible and notebooks out there and had my devotions there.
  
John and I went out with the camera and tripod and took pictures of ourselves in the prayer garden.  I love this pictures and hope you enjoy them, too! 
When I see the beauty of the azaleas, I am struck by the awesomeness of our Creator God.  How could so many colors have "just happened"?  And what big bang could have produced the intricacies of a flower with its petals and stamens?  And how could it have just happened that bumble bees (who in and of themselves are an aero-dynamic impossibility) could know that they could use pollen to make honey?  And how do they turn pollen into honey, anyway? I think God is pretty amazing to have made all this beauty, to make it provide food for bees, and to encourage us when we see such glory around us.

And a year from now when I'm back in Niger and am too hot to even breathe, I want to look at these pictures and remember God's glory!

2 comments:

podso said...

Beautiful pictures of such color! And a great shot of you and John, also colorful. Can't believe your time here is nearly over and you'll be heading back!

Living on Less Money said...

The colors are breathtaking! What a beautiful backdrop! I hope that you are doing well?