THE SWEETNESS OF BLUE CHICORY

The popular, blue wildflower known as blue chicory, is not only beautiful but contains many health benefits. Today we’ll talk about its sweetness.

Eternal Perspectives      by Sally Bair

Sweet blue chicory

Because blue is my favorite color, I’m naturally drawn to the bright blue chicory flower, a member of the aster family. I see them this time of year along the roadsides, where they open their petals to the sun. On cloudy days they remain closed, as if in hiding. On sunny days when certain bees are out collecting the sweet nectar of wildflowers, the chicory is indeed appealing to their taste.

The wildflower also attracts the taste buds of humans, as evidenced in the plethora of recipes made with the chicory flower. And they’re noted for their sweet aroma.

Like the chicory, God’s Word is as sweet as honey, according to King David. He writes that the law and testimony and commands of the Lord “are true and righteous altogether. More to be desired are they than gold … sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb.” (Psalm 19: 9-10)

We too can be an attraction to others. Paul the apostle explains how our faith in Christ can be as fragrant as honey. “Now thanks be unto God, which always causes us to triumph in Christ, and makes manifest the savour of His knowledge by us in every place. For we are unto God a sweet savour of Christ …” (2 Corinthians 2:14-15) As we demonstrate our faith in Christ through our words and actions of love and service, we tend to draw others toward us. May we be like Paul, who claimed to be a sweet smell to God for his faithfulness in preaching the Gospel. May we draw others to Christ through our loving words and deeds.

When I study the chicory wildflower, I can’t help but desire to be like its beautiful color and fragrance. And what a joy to know that through God’s Word and power, we can all be just as sweet.

Thank You, Lord, for the sweetness of Your Word and presence. Thank You for Your light that shines on us through Your Son, Jesus. May we avoid the darkness of sin, like the chicory remains unopened as if in hiding during cloudy days. May we live in Your light so we can shine brightly enough to attract others to You, like bees are attracted to the sweet blue chicory. In Jesus’ name, amen.