Marigolds: Protectors

Written by M. Larson

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The bright, cheerful-looking marigolds have long been one of my favorite annuals. They bloom in my area from May through October in just about any soil or situation. In the fall, when I clean up my vegetable garden, I scatter the marigold seeds around; and up they come in the spring. They rid the soil of nematodes and Mexican bean beetles, and various harmful insects dislike them.

I’ve heard that dried marigold petals can make a tea that settles nerves and helps a person to sleep if taken an hour before bedtime.  They can be used to flavor salads, omelets, hamburger, and stuffing, and with roasts, beef, and chicken.  They are said to kill certain germs in the body. Mixed with Vaseline or cold cream, they make a salve for wounds.

As I think of the protective qualities of this hardy plant, I’m reminded of the solicitude the Apostle Paul had for his fellow Christians. He wrote to the Christians at Rome, “I long to see you that I may impart to you some spiritual gift, to make you strong” (Romans 1:11). Paul cared about their sorrows and burdens; he earnestly desired that they would be knit together in love and come to know and experience the riches of God.

How our fellow Christians today need that same care shown to them! So many have fallen away from the Lord for one reason or another. Many of their marriages, their homes have fallen apart. Our young people today, as well as adults, are assaulted by temptations and mind defilers that many of us of the older generation never dreamed of, because in former times society as a whole upheld certain moral values.

Do we care what happens to our fellow Christians? In my counseling I have heard many tales of how badly lives, marriage, and children have been hurt in such cases. If we can just help one person keep from going astray, or help one come back to the Lord, we might save a world of misery, or we might even save a life.

If you have not been a marigold type of Christian up to now–one, that is, who is caring and protective of your brothers and sisters in Christ–why not ask the Lord to lay on your heart someone who may need your solicitude and help?

We can not only help those who have fallen away, but also those who need comfort, encouragement and physical or spiritual aid. Oh, how we need more marigold Christians! Joy fills a marigold Christian’s heart like a sunbeam and shines its light into the hearts of those who need it.

Questions: Is there someone in your life that you could give some encouragement and comfort to? What difference has it made in your life when someone has taken the time to comfort you in time of sorrow?

About the Author Muriel Larson

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5 Responses to “Marigolds: Protectors”

  • Sisters, thank you for your encouraging remarks on my article about marigolds. Growing things and knowing all about them is a hobby with me. And my desire to serve our Lord with my life and abilities, and to point troubled people to Him as the answer to every problem–these are my goals. Praise the Lord!

  • sharonb says:

    thank you for this wonderful devotion my husband and i try to uplift and comfort people that need it but like all of us sometimes we come up short but keep on trying

  • kanj says:

    Muriel, thank you for this devotional. There is someone that is turning to me as they are struggling right now with a major life turning event that has gone all wrong. The reason they are turning to me is because they are well aware of where I was and where I am now in my life and there is ‘something about me’ , the calmness in a storm that they desperately want to feel as well but right now the pain is too deep to see past any further thought of God and His grace and mercy. so I keep up the prayers on their behalf and know that the Lord hears them.
    The difference in my life when someone took the time to comfort me is night and day. No more self-pity, the darkness and only joy as He is the light.

  • Romel H says:

    Dr. Larson thanks for the devotional. I’m not a gardener and do not knowhow a marigold look like. The next time I go to the garden shop I will look or ask for Marigod. Imagine its use. Wow! and comparing some Christians to Marigold, I hope I am a Marigold, if not I want to be one for sure.

    Quoting you:
    How our fellow Christians today need that same care shown to them! So many have fallen away from the Lord for one reason or another. Many of their marriages, their homes have fallen apart. Our young people today, as well as adults, are assaulted by temptations and mind defilers that many of us of the older generation never dreamed of, because in former times society as a whole upheld certain moral values.

    Do we care what happens to our fellow Christians? In my counseling I have heard many tales of how badly lives, marriage, and children have been hurt in such cases. If we can just help one person keep from going astray, or help one come back to the Lord, we might save a world of misery, or we might even save a life. ”

    Yes I do care for them and to my best to help them in whatever is necessary to restore them. I find that there’s nothing so effective as prayer , sincere, heart-felt prayer. I also guide them and counsel them w/ GOD’s word.

    Romel H

  • Andi says:

    Muriel, you’ve struck a deep cord in me today. To answer your question: I do believe we need to simply ask HIM and HE will show us that there is always someone we can encourage and comfort and show HIS love to.
    But I think of the Marigold story and tie it into the question as well:
    I had 2 mature godly women who were Marigolds planted next to me as a seed. Then I was a struggling young plant being attacked mostly from inside my very being. As Marigolds God definately planted me between they were used to nurture and protect and encourage me and one day after a very long time I became a beautiful, healthy, strong Marigold myself in the Garden of our Father. Perhaps not God’s most beautiful flower? LOL, but definately a flower that is strong and has many uses for HIS glory! I try to be a Marigold like my sisters were to me.
    I hope this analogy built upon your story and question makes sense to others.

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