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The Netherlands, where I was born, is famous for it’s bulb fields. In spring the western part of the country is a sea of colour enjoyed by many thousands of visitors.

Spring in Holland

Spring in Holland

Here in northern Australia there are no flowering bulb fields, but to the discerning trike rider vistas just as beautiful open up. Riding on a recumbent trike one is only inches from the road, and along most roads and bike paths there are kilometers of flowering weeds! The remaining photos in this post are of weeds as seen from my trike.

And God said: "Let the earth put forth grass" (Genesis 1:11)

And God said: “Let the earth put forth grass” (Genesis 1:11)

Weeds usually have a bad reputation. They get in the way of intentionally cultivated plants. In Dutch the word for weed – onkruid – has connotations of being anti-plant. Adam knew all about that.

Accursed be the soil. It will yield thorns and thistles (Genesis 3:17,18)

Accursed be the soil. It will yield thorns and thistles (Genesis 3:17,18)

Fortunately there are also positive images of weeds or wild plants in the Bible. Jesus had his own flower sermon.

Not even Solomon in all his royal robes was clothed like one of these (Matthew 6:29)

Not even Solomon in all his royal robes was clothed like one of these (Matthew 6:29)

He used the image of weeds to illustrate God’s providential care. These flowers are here today and gone tomorrow, yet have incredible beauty.

Will He not much more look after you? (Matthew 6:30)

Will He not much more look after you? (Matthew 6:30)

Moses used weeds to illustrate the nurturing effect of his teachings.

May my words drop down like the dew (Deuteronomy 32:2)

May my words drop down like the dew, like showers on the grass (Deuteronomy 32:2)

Most weed flowers are tiny and have a very fragile beauty. They point to the ephemeral nature of human life. Brahms plumbed the depths of this agony in his Requiem.

For all humanity is grass (Isaiah 40:6)

For all humanity is grass and all its beauty like the wild flower’s (Isaiah 40:6)

The grass withers, the flower fades (Isaiah 40:6)

The grass withers, the flower fades (Isaiah 40:6)

But Brahms is certain that this is not the end of the matter.

So be patient (James 5:7)

So be patient (James 5:7)

The word of the Lord remains forever (1 Peter 1:25)

The word of the Lord remains forever (1 Peter 1:25)

The ransomed of the Lord shall return (Isaiah 35:10)

The ransomed of the Lord shall return (Isaiah 35:10)

I hope you have enjoyed the story of the weeds.

About the author Rien

dutch by birth 🇳🇱 | australian by choice 🇦🇺 | type 1 diabetic 💉 | vegan 🥕 | married ❤️⚭ | grandfather 👴🏻 | fuji fiend 📷 | boat builder and sailor ⛵️ | exercise fanatic 🚴 | seeker no more 🚫📖

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