Words of Wisdom from Wildflowers
Springtime is here and the wildflowers are blooming. What lessons can nature lovers learn from these beauties?
WORDS OF WISDOM FROM WILDFLOWERS
by David Coppedge
Uses: Use these ideas for a wildflower hunt, to encourage participants to be observant, and then to draw in spiritual lessons from the selected Scriptures. Hand magnifiers can be helpful.
Theme: Wildflowers are examples of nature lessons Christ used and the Bible mentions in several places. They have much to tell us about God’s creative wisdom and about our own spiritual lives as well.
Activity: Have the group spread out and observe wildflowers for a while. Have them write down their observations and make sketches. Teach them to observe fine details. Then, have everyone come together and share their observations as a group. These might include:
A. Their beauty and design.
B. Their functionality.
C. Their smallness.
D. Their fragility.
E. Their amazing biology and chemistry:
- a. Some have growth inhibitor molecules that must be leached out by sufficient rain before germination can occur.
- b. Some seeds can remain dormant for decades until the right conditions prevail.
- c. Macroscopic structures are intricate: anthers, pollen, pistils, ovules, corollae, circulatory system, colors, shapes to match insect pollinators.
- d. Microscopic processes are mind-boggling: DNA code, mitosis, meiosis, defense, metabolism, photosynthesis.
F. Their amazing life cycles from seed to flower to seed again.
G. Their interactions with other living things, e.g. honeybees, symbiosis, mutualism.
Texts: Wildflowers in the Bible
- Job 14:2 – Man . . . is short lived, like a flower comes forth and withers. Psalm 1 Righteous are like a tree planted by streams of water. Wicked are like the chaff which the wind drives away.
- Psalm 103:15ff – As for man, his days are like . . . the flower of the field, so he flourishes . . . the wind passes over, and it is no more, and its place acknowledges it no longer, but the lovingkindness of the Lord is everlasting.
- Isaiah 40:6 – Grass withers, flower fades, but the Word of God abides forever.
- Isaiah 53:1-2 – For (Messiah) grew up before Him like a tender shoot, like a root out of parched ground . . . He had no stately form or majesty.
- Matthew 6:28ff – Observe how lilies of the field grow; they do not toil or spin, yet Solomon in all his glory not arrayed like one of these . . . Will God not much more do so for you?
- James 1:10ff – Rich man . . . like flowering grass passes away; sun rises with scorching wind, flower falls off and the beauty of its appearance is destroyed; so too the rich man.
- I Peter 1:23ff – Being born again not of corruptible seed, but by the living word of God. For all flesh is like grass (quotes Isaiah 40:6)
Hepper, F. Nigel, Baker Encyclopedia of Bible Plants, Baker Book House (Grand Rapids, 1992). Use this book to identify species of plants in your area that are similar to Bible plants. Bible stories involving these plants can become more realistic as you observe the real thing.
Baerg, Harry J., Complete Illustrated Guide to Bible Plants and Animals, vol. 3, Plants; Review and Herald Publishing Co. (Washington D.C., 1989).
Videos: Journey of Life and Wonders of God’s Creation, I: Planet Earth (Moody Video).
Note: This is a sample lesson plan for outdoor educators from our sister ministry, Creation Safaris. For more, visit “Lesson Plans” under the Education tab at CreationSafaris.com.