As I have made it through another winter, it’s only because of the grace of God. I have encouraged lots of friends and made lots more friends. As I travelled through the winter, it was hard for so many people.
Now it’s spring time. People seem to get to feeling better now that winter has passed. The birds are beginning to sing songs from heaven. The earth is warmed by the beautiful sunshine and the earth is being filled with flowers everywhere we look.
Like the flowers of springtime, my friends are the flowers of my life. They are beautiful— the smiles, the laughter, the dancing, and yes, even our tears, as we mix them together. All of us are going through some kind of heartache and friends are supposed to comfort each other.
Do you like flowers? Do you think of your friends as the beauty of God? Now I know that there will always be the nay-sayers, but the Bible says to pray for them, and don’t hang with them. I have too many true friends that I can’t worry about the ones that don’t like me. I just look at my beautiful friends as roses on a beautiful rose bush.
Like the old saying goes, you just keep looking at the roses, there are thorns amongst them. I have been pricked a lot by the heartaches and other things in life, but the roses are what I look at. When you sing a lot, dance and laugh out loud, and always have a smile, who cares about the negative?
I was born on May first, the flower month. I might not be a flower to some, but God made me like this, and it’s good. I remember way back when God walked in the garden with Adam and Eve. He said, “Let all the birds sing heavenly songs.” He made the flowers of all kinds because He loves beauty.
My friends are beautiful and when we are together, we make a beautiful bouquet. When you look at all the beauty in the world, it’s hard to believe that man wants to live an evil life. Heaven is going to be something that will blow our mind. The beauty that I see down here blows my mind now. So do you think for one minute that I’m going to miss heaven? No way, so I’ll live the rest of my life like heaven on earth.
Can you believe that I’m sitting here with tears in my eyes writing, wow, what is my problem? Well, let me just share just a little. I have talked about my tears a lot, and I think I have gone into detail quite a lot. There are so many flowers (friends) in my life, God walking with me, knowing where I was and knowing where I’m going. It might sound like a broken record to you, but I have nothing else to talk about.
My days are getting shorter by the minute. I won’t quit sharing, quit smiling, quit laughing out loud, quit dancing, and I walk amongst the flowers and sing with them (my friends). I just got through praying out loud to God. I know He hears me when I whisper, but I want to drown out all the other interruptions when I talk to Him.
Charlie Huff is a Greene County resident and guest religion columnist.