By Savanna Winsted
The Holy Spirit spoke to me as I sauntered past a hill of wildflowers along the pathway to my car.
Look at the flowers. View the beauty in the chaos. All the different flowers, grasses, and entanglements of green. See, the world looks at this from the human perspective as weeds and messiness that instead should be plucked and manicured for straight lines and perfection. You destroy the very creation I call beautiful. God placed that wild arrangement there with purpose and destiny. I feed my grass; I grow my flowers; I lay them exactly where they were meant to be. See the beauty in how I care for my creation when it follows my will.
Then He reminded me of the landscaped flowers and bushes I pass everyday on my way to work. He then tells me…
Something greater planted these flowers and bushes. Man places the plants yet the rain and wind destroy them in an instant. It was never their purpose to be in that place. Though they are beautiful and appealing to human standards, they cannot thrive outside the spiritual realm. Human condition and human ideas fail and fall every day because they do not follow my will. You can only thrive where you were meant to be planted; you can only grow when you are led by the Spirit. The world sees my creation as wild weeds and a nuisance, but I find joy as they flourish, grow and spread as designed to do. As they obey my voice, they prosper to no end. This is what love does. This is the desire I have for my people — my creations. For too long you have done things beyond my will. You have searched for external beauty and perfection in appearances and placement. People have plans for their lives, but my purpose prevails. I have longed for my people to return to glory, to search their hearts, and understand the beauty that is already within. That beauty is concealed by expectations, false truths, and lies from the enemy. This is the time for my creation to return to its proper place, to understand its purpose, to know the truth. Hear my voice, and obey my commands. As you draw near to me, I will draw near to you. This is where love is found, in my arms and in my will.
Savanna Winstead is a Patient Services Coordinator in the Care Management Department at UAMS.