There have been growing here, the white and the yellow and blue violets.  In the spring when you do not expect too much for flowers to be blooming these tiny beauties will show their faces. 








     One day I stepped down the steps and a wonderful fragrance slapped me in the face, just permeating the whole atmosphere with the most delightful aroma and here was this little violet growing in the lawn. 




     I thought that this was a wonderful illustration of what a true Christian is supposed to do to those around him in shedding the beautiful fragrance of Jesus love to those he meets each day.  No matter if we are a tiny violet or a big rose we shed an influence of some kind.



  "Only in the light that shines from Calvary can nature's teachings be read aright. Through the story of Bethlehem and the cross let it be shown how good is to conquer evil, and how every blessing that comes to us is a gift of redemption. 

     In brier and thorn, in thistle and tare, is represented the evil that blights and mars. In singing bird and opening blossom, in rain and sunshine, in summer breeze and gentle dew, in ten thousand objects in nature, from the oak of the forest to the violet that blossoms at its root, is seen the love that restores. And nature still speaks to us of God's goodness.    

     "I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil." This the message that, in the light from the cross, may be read upon all the face of nature. The heavens declare His glory, and the earth is full of His riches. 

     When Adam and Eve in Eden lost the garments of holiness, they lost the light that had illuminated nature. No longer could they read it aright. But for those who receive the light of the life of Christ, nature is again illuminated. In the light shining from the cross, we can rightly interpret nature's teaching.   

     He who has a knowledge of God and His Word has a settled faith in the divinity of the Holy Scriptures. He does not test the Bible by man's ideas of science. He brings these ideas to the test of the unerring standard. He knows that God's Word is truth, and truth can never contradict itself. . . . The ways of God as revealed in the natural world and in His dealings with man constitute a treasury from which every student in the school of Christ may draw. 


 LHU 255