If a flower blooms in a pasture, is it’s beauty evident? If a flower blooms on the grassland where no one will see it, does it’s magnificence matter?
When hiking and biking over the holiday weekend, I was awed by the beauty and variety of flowers blooming in the pasture. I was one of only a few who got to appreciate them as the area was somewhat remote.
If I hadn’t passed that way, I wondered if the radiance of the flowers would have been a waste? Or, would they have mattered at all?
Does the observer give beauty it’s value? If no one ever saw the bloom, would it negate its magnificence?
I love the idea that beauty and magnificence are innate in each of us because our Creator made us that way. I can believe I have value regardless of who sees or appreciates it. I can show up authentically, right where I’m planted, and offer the beauty I was created to give.
This experience reminded me of a favorite Bible verse from my childhood. “Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; and yet I say to you that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.” Matthew 6:28-29
I don’t have to hustle for my worth. It is not necessary to look for affirmation around what I contribute. I am only responsible for being who I am created to be. When I do, there is no greater beauty.