Consider: (v) to think carefully about something
Let me consider this…
A carpenter who talks to his friends about considering lilies.
Certainly the more macho factions of our society might find this to be somewhat effeminate.
Liberals might think this statement, “consider the lily” is a sign of unannounced but obvious support for the LGBTQ community.
But what the carpenter wanted everyone to consider was not the beauty of the lily, but how it grew.
So much talk. So much reasoning. So much discussion about growing.
Yet the assertion of this carpenter was that the lily was worth considering because it grew without struggle. It didn’t work hard or try to manipulate circumstances to its favor.
It found dirt, absorbed the available nutrients, waited for the rain to enrich it, and then it trusted that there was good stuff inside the seed to create a flower.
There are so many beautiful thoughts there that it would be difficult to focus on one over another. So let me not steer the wheel of your journey in comprehension.
After all, the carpenter had the best word to describe what we need to do if we want to understand how Earth, Mother Nature and even faith flourish.
He suggested: consider.
(click the elephant to see what he’s reading!)