I’m really not dogwood crazy, I just cannot get over how gorgeous our neighborhood is right now! Every house has tons of flowering trees. It will take your breath away! I took some more pictures of our dogwoods today because the pink dogwood is in bloom. Oh. It’s beautiful.
When I was little my mom told me that Dogwoods bloomed around Easter (which I will now refer to as Resurrection Day) to remind us of Jesus. The flower is in the shape of a cross just like the cross Jesus was crucified on. The seeds (are they seeds?) in the middle look like the crown of thorns the Romans put on Jesus head to mock him as the “king of the Jews”. And my favorite part is the tiny bits of color on the end of each petal–a rust color that reminds me of the wounds that Jesus received–being nailed to the cross by his hands and his feet. The beautiful pale petals remind me of how Jesus’ sacrifice can wash away the gross part of us and make a new clean life for us.
Isn’t that cool? I really do believe God lays out His love, His plan and His story in nature. Looking at the Dogwood and the other flowering trees this Spring makes me see how creative and artistic God is.
“May the glory of the Lord continue forever! The Lord takes pleasure in all he has made! The earth trembles at his glance; the mountains smoke at his touch. ” Psalm 104:31-32