The bed of daffodils caught my attention. Specifically, one daffodil caught my attention, the yellow one in the middle of the bed of white daffodils.
We humans are a strange lot, wishing on the one hand to stand out and be unique and different and on the other hand wanting to blend in and be like everyone else. To live in contrast to others or in conformity with others, which do we want? The answer is “yes” because we want to have it both ways.
The single yellow blossom in a bed of white blossoms sends a silent message that’s loudly spoken. We need to hear that message, the encouraging word that it’s OK, even good, to be different. Actually, it’s comforting because, as hard as we try, we’re not going to be like everyone else anyway!
The Lord has made each of us with very unique looks. It always amazes me how God can get the human face to look so different that no two of us look exactly alike, and all He has to work with is two eyes, two ears, one nose and one mouth! We should probably also mention the uniqueness of our fingerprints, voice prints, and retinal scans. We are all very different people!
This is why playing the comparison game makes no sense. There’s really no one to compare you or me to – there’s no game to play!
The twin sins of pride and envy go away if we simply celebrate that God’s made each of us unique and has a unique call on each of our lives that’s to be played out in a unique set of circumstances. We no longer struggle with pride when we stop looking for those who are worse off than we are. We no longer struggle with envy when we stop looking for people who are better off than we are.
The daffy and different daffodil has a message for us. Let’s take it to heart!
“There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit distributes them.There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord.There are different kinds of working, but in all of them and in everyone it is the same God at work.” (1 Corinthians 12:4-6)