Friday, April 13, 2007

In the Twinkling of an Eye

The blossoms are off the trees. My tulips have bent over. The forsythia's are now bushes of green along with my lilac. It seemed the redbuds popped and pooped over thesame weekend.
Why does nature produce such beauties for such a short period of time? Why do the flowers blossom and then there's a freeze or a wind and then for 4-5 months we have bushes of green?
Oh, I know, I should appreciate the varied shades of emerald all around me, the textures, the smells. But I miss the purples, creams, pinks, yellows of early Spring.

A few Springs ago while I, one Saturday morning, looked out the kitchen window to be greeted with the blossoms, and then again the following Thursday, the blossoms were gone, I commented to Dave that the buds which disappear so quickly remind me of our days compared to eternity. We feel like we sludge through life but when compared to life everlasting, our lives are so brief.

Men and women don't live very long;
like wildflowers they spring up and blossom,
But a storm snuffs them out just as quickly,
leaving nothing to show they were here.
GOD's love, though, is ever and always,
eternally present to all who fear him,
Making everything right for them and their children
as they follow his Covenant ways
and remember to do whatever he said. Psalm 103: 15-18 (the Message)

Such words from the Psalmist, and examples from nature "should" remind us to number our days and not twiddle them away. I say should because in the midst of diapers being changed, furniture dusted, oatmeal scrapped off the floor and pancakes flipped I lose sight of eternity. Hmmm, is that why the Creator designed the redbud's blossoms to fade so quickly.

1 comment:

Nairobi Paul said...

SO true!

We need to seize the day.

I love God's sense of economy; he lavishes so much attention on such "disposable" things. How much more is his love for us.