This is the walkway to our front driveway. It’s pretty absurd the number of pictures I’ve taken of this tree, and yet I can’t seem to quit. The picture above is from this morning and looks different than all the others because the dapples of light are so vivid on the fallen petals. The lawn guy had just arrived and was surely about to blow the petals away. I couldn’t resist taking just one more.
The glory of this tree feels so short-lived. It is short-lived. But the Bible says, “All people are like grass, and all their glory is like the flowers of the field; the grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of the Lord endures forever.” 1 Peter 1:24-25 NIV
How many lessons can be drawn just from that little verse? Just from a pile of fallen flowers? Many.
For one thing, our days are withering away. Time management is a struggle that returns with a vengeance if I let my guard down. I can never pray too often with the Psalmist, “Teach me to number my days aright that I may gain a heart of wisdom.” (90:12).
Second, since life is short there’s no time for bitterness. Jesus was clear that we need to forgive others again and again. It’s particularly hard when people you love are treated unfairly, but we don’t have to be the ones wronged to be the ones called to extend grace. Over and over and over again.
Third, the passage reminds us that the Word of God endures forever. My daily life does not reflect this truth. If it did, I’d be spending a lot more time marinating in Scripture. Maybe I’d even be satisfied with fewer pictures of my lovely tree.
Hope you have a fabulous weekend appreciating God’s glory displayed in the flowers and trees around you. And may they too remind you of eternal truths.