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From: Forthright Magazine <forthrightmag@...>
Date: Sun, 26 Feb 2012 08:15:56 -0300
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COLUMN: CONSIDER THE LILIES

Finding Love
  by Christian Berglund
  http://wp.me/p1HIjv-2gT

Rarely do I write about another person's picture, and
this is one of those times. I came across this
charming photo last week, and asked the photographer,
a sweet girl of about 11 or 12, for permission to
share it. Victoria was a student some years ago in my
third-grade Bible class, and her love for everything
beautiful and for God and family was evident to any
who were acquainted with her. She is a joy to be
around. But that was not the only reason I fell in
love with the picture.

It is obvious to me, although not at first glance,
that the lawn here is primarily Bermuda, the bane of
my existence as a gardener! Even the name Bermuda
Grass conjures up all kinds of negative associations,
from illegal hallucinogenic drugs to the sinister
theories surrounding the Devil's havoc-wreaking
influence in the Bermuda Triangle. I have often
considered leaving my beloved garden and moving to a
part of the world where "Moody Grass" won't grow.

However, this patch of lush green in February stands
out even better against that pallid, dormant deadness
surrounding it.

The charming thing about this photo is that it is a
spot of lawn that is considered ugly by most
standards, but Victoria saw a heart shape in it. She
appreciated that, and it seems she even added
embellishments of her own. I love kid art.  Victoria
is almost past that kid age, but still has the eye of
innocence and is drawn to things of beauty. I'd like
to think I will never outgrow that, either.

Where do you find "love?" Where are you looking for
it? Surely not in a pale, dead lawn. It saddens me to
see friends look for love in transient boy-girl
relationships or in pleasing their peers. Some look
for love by acquiring things that will give them
popularity.

This bad habit, unfortunately, does not tend to
diminish with age. Teens who simply must have the
trendiest jeans grow into adults who think they need
the bigger car or house, because that will buy
acceptance among their friends. That transient
acceptance is not love. Deep down we all know this,
but we fall into the trap anyway, to different
degrees.

Victoria found a symbol of love in the most unlikely
of places. It's also an unexpected color. How true it
is that we bypass genuine love because we are looking
for an elusive image that was created by Hollywood,
the kind that will not last. Love can be found in
friends, in people we are privileged to serve, in our
extended families, in neighborhoods. We pass up many
great opportunities for love because they don't
resemble the kind we see on the silver screen. We are
not seeing love clearly.

God displays his love for us every waking moment. He
even rebuilds our cells as we sleep! We know that, but
do we consciously remember that as we continue our
quest for "Love?" Here we have the ultimate example of
love, a model that is useful for building real
relationships the right way.

When I have feelings of not being loved, the obvious
answer to that foolishness is, "In this is love, not
that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent his
Son" (I John 4:10a NASB).

Where is the love?  Right here in front of you. "This
I command you, that you love one another" (John
15:17).

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