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.
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.
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.
Fortunately there are also positive images of weeds or wild plants in the Bible. Jesus had his own flower sermon.
He used the image of weeds to illustrate God’s providential care. These flowers are here today and gone tomorrow, yet have incredible beauty.
Moses used weeds to illustrate the nurturing effect of his teachings.
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.
But Brahms is certain that this is not the end of the matter.
I hope you have enjoyed the story of the weeds.