aRt and tHeOlOgy: Green, Gold & the Great South Land

August 6, 2013 — Leave a comment

In between our noisy life, my wife and I try to take the time to listen in on the ‘buzz’ which coincides with the bloom and boom of Australian Wattle. When nestled against the backdrop of a blue sky the richness of these flowers can be truly appreciated as one of God’s creative masterpieces.This Golden goodness is the national flower of Australia.

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Usually these trees are swamped by bees, who swam in to collect nectar and pollen.

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A canopy of resplendent green and gold bouncing off the sun, reaching for a deep blue, Australian Winter sky.

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…and it was so ‘the earth brought forth vegetation, plants yielding seed according to their own kinds, and trees bearing fruit in which is their seed, each according to its kind. And God saw that it was good’ (Ge. 1:12, ESV)

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If you have ever wondered why ‘Green and Gold’ is worn by Australians in sport, the Wattle tree is the reason. Green and Gold became our official colours in 1984, and the Wattle was ‘designated our national flower in 1988’. Along with Blue, they remain the favoured colours for representatives of  ‘Australia del Espiritu Santo‘ – ‘the Great South land of the Holy Spirit’ (Pedro Fernandes de Queirós, circa early 1600’s). Further enhancing its theological relevance, the Golden Wattle is understood to be ‘the first plant that appears after a bush-fire’. Reflecting a living example of the Triune God who calls for beauty to rise out of ashes (Isaiah 61:3). Whenever I see these flowers buzz, bloom and boom, I am encouraged to think: when it comes to Australia at least, God is only just getting started…

Sources:

Floral Emblems
‘Golden-Wattle-The-National-Flower-of-Australia’: via http://sendflowers2009.hubpages.com
World Wide Wattle

Photos: ©RL.2013

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