Last November, early in the month, I was in the garden area of a local store. I saw a box with the picture of a beautiful red amaryllis on it.
I picked it up and read the claim, that all I needed to have such a beautiful plant by Christmas was in that box.
I purchased it, took it home, and immediately unpacked what was going to be my “handiwork.”
Then there was a very ugly, brown bulb about three inches in diameter which was to be placed two thirds deep in the potted mixture.
After planting, I placed it where just the right amount of light would reach it, and I watched and felt when water needed to be added.
Soon I saw a bit of green peeking up from the bulb and then a few days after Christmas, a tall stem of brilliant red amaryllis blooms graced my window sill.
For several days I enjoyed the trumpet-shaped blooms and thought, “How could anything so beautiful come from something so ugly and plain.”
I couldn’t help but compare that transformation to our lives.
In 2 Corinthians 4:7, Paul says, “But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us.”
He had already explained that the “treasure” is the Gospel, which is in our earthly body (little clay pots) to be displayed to a dark, blinded world so Christ might be glorified.
Just as I loved the flowering of my plant, I enjoyed the process of daily providing that which would help it be the best.
Since we are made in God’s image, I think He involves Himself in the daily process of our lives to bring out the excellency He sees in each one.
“Who, me?” Maybe you feel you’ll always be just like the ugly brown bulb.
Ephesians 2:10 says, “For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.”
Ordained? To be used of God? Yes, indeed.
Bill Gaither says in his song, “Something Beautiful”:
“All I had to offer Him was brokenness and strife,
But He made something beautiful of my life.”