Flowers from Trash

Tammy De Ruyter

READ : Romans 3:10-18
Romans 8:1-4

. . . so that the just requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not according to the flesh but according to the Spirit. (8:4)

She didn’t talk very often. Some questioned her mental capacity and her hearing, but both were fine. On this particular day, she was being moved to another room and her personal possessions were strewn about in disarray. It was then that I noticed the flowers.

The centers were formed from a dozen pink Sweet-N-Low packets, each rolled length-wise and bound together to form the hearts of the flowers. White paper napkins, skillfully shaped, created the outer layer of petals that spiraled down to become the stems. A thin piece of beige yarn held everything carefully in place. From crude rubbish tossed away by others, Bernice had formed beauty. Envisioned in her mind and shaped with her hands, that trash had been transformed into dozens of pink and white flowers.

We, too, have been transformed. The ravages of sin left human nature trashed, as Paul’s quotations from the Psalms make clear (Romans 3:10-18). But God can make beauty out of junk and law-fulfilling saints out of sin-ravaged sinners (Romans 8:4). With skillful hands he plucks us from the muck of depravity; with artistry, he renews our fallen nature, and through the redemptive work of Christ we are changed.


Creative Lord, thank you for transforming us into beautiful beings.