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!