'Fleeting lives'

Monday Reflection

24th August 2020

'this is how our lives are'

I could by no means be classed as a gardener;
low maintenance shrubs are my limit;
although they must be long flowering,
I love flowers, the perfumes, colours,
shapes, varieties, although I know very little about them

I was surprised to find that there are some plants
that only bloom for one day,
so I decided to investigate
and found various cactus flowers,
day lilies, hibiscus, and the Dragon fruit flower
only bloom for a day, then die;
others like a species of cerios cacti,
bloom only once a year for a single night:
it seems such a waste to me that all that splendour
and beauty should last such a short time,
that the magnificent blossom will fall within a few hours.

The Bible says this is how our lives are,

14 Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow.
   What is your life?
   You are a mist that appears for a little
   while and then vanishes.
   ... James 4:14

Those of us who are older will identify with this.
We can remember when our skin was smooth and line free,
but now muscles sag,
the wrinkles have moved in and made their home with us,
and our joints are painful and refuse to function as they once did.
For some of us it seems only yesterday when we were young,
our minds still say we are only 35yrs old,
while reality tells us we need to double that,
and perhaps add a bit!

But that doesn't stop us actively participating
and contributing to life today,
we just have to accept that there are some limitations
and make the most of each day we are given.
And think of all that experience and wisdom we have to offer.

We really do not know about our future;
we only have memories of our yesterdays.
But Jesus has taught us much from our past,
the biggest lesson is not to worry about the future;
we're like the mist that appears early morning
and is gone by noon.
However there is still significance in it all.

We are God's creation;
he made us each unique, individual,
and one-of-a-kind.
No one has ever or will ever walk the earth
who is exactly the same as us.
We are his masterpieces;
made in his image and called to live out
our God-given identity as his sons and daughters.
The Bible tells us time and time again
that we're precious to God,
yet it's easy to lose sight of just how much we're loved.
In the first letter of John he writes,

"See what great love the Father has lavished on us,
that we should be called children of God!
And that is what we are! (3:1)

What an amazing privilege,
to be a child of God
and know he cares for us. Jesus said,

29 'Are not two sparrows sold for a penny?
   Yet not one of them will fall to the ground
   outside your Father's care... 31 So don't be afraid;
   you are worth more than many sparrows.'
   ... Matthew 10: 29, 31

34 "So don't worry about tomorrow,
for tomorrow will bring its own worries.
Today's trouble is enough for today.
   ... Matthew 6:34

Enjoy your days and make the most of all the blessings
and opportunities God places before us.