Daffodils, tulips, and rhododendrons are blooming in my neighborhood. Rain or shine, I enjoy walking around the block or the nearby city park, admiring the profusion of color—yellow, purple, pink, and red. I always snap a few photos because, unfortunately, these flowers come and go far too fast for my liking.
Over the past couple of weeks, I’ve thought about how the blossoms’ brief lifespan parallels human life. Perhaps recent news headlines have triggered this—five university students killed at a year-end party in Calgary, hundreds of high school students drowned in South Korea, 16 Nepalese Sherpas killed on Mt. Everest, and hundreds of people vanished aboard Flight 370.
It seems these recent tragedies prove the truth of 1 Peter 1:24—“People are like grass; their beauty is like a flower in the field. The grass withers and the flower fades.”
Life is short and unpredictable. We literally never know what a day might bring. That knowledge, or lack thereof, can strike fear if we focus on the uncertainty. On the contrary, it can help us understand and appreciate our complete reliance on Christ and the importance of living with no regrets. “Teach us to realize the brevity of life, so that we may grow in wisdom,” says Psalm 91:12.
Yes, life is unsure. We have no guarantees but this—God’s word remains forever (1 Peter 1:25). No matter what happens, His promises hold true. He heals the brokenhearted. He comforts the mourning. He turns our brokenness into beauty. Therein lies hope and courage.
Be blessed today, my friend. Spend a few minutes reading God’s word and then meditate on one of His promises that’s meaningful to you. I invite you to post it here so others can find encouragement in it, too.