"I hold on to You for dear life, and you hold me steady as a post..." Psalm 63

Friday, May 27, 2011

Flowers and funerals...

Things are blooming over here...
Growing up in this house we didn't have as many flower beds...
{I do remember having to weed the few we had
and I'm sure I complained the whole time}
But, maybe it was when my sister and I left to start our own families
that mom decided she needed a project
 grass became mulch
and 
a few plants became many.
 And as a result,
last week I cut bunches of these
and this week, 
bunches of these

I wish you could see how HUGE some of these peony blooms are

they don't have much of a scent
but I do enjoy seeing them scattered all over the house.
"God loved the flowers and invented soil.  Man loved the flowers and invented vases." 
Jacques Deval

It appears as though next week these will be gracing the house...
"I'd rather have roses on my table
 than diamonds on my neck."  
Emma Goldman

They're really beautiful..and I can take no credit whatsoever for them.
I often say that all the good stuff you see around here was inherited.
{Thanks, mom!}

It strikes me how like our own lives these flowers are.
Beautiful
and
Fragile
and 
short-lived
Even the most prolific gardener cannot create a crop that holds life and blooms on forever.
Though they are appreciated and enjoyed,
all blooms fade and die eventually.

On Wednesday I attended my FOURTH funeral in the last four months.
Two of them in one week.
All four were great women of faith who left quite a legacy for their families and friends.
I've had enough death for the year.
I'd like it very much if I didn't attend another funeral ever..
or at least for a long time.

 But, there is something about sitting at a funeral that makes you put life into perspective.
It is so short, so unexpected.
And we waste so much time thinking that this is all there is.
But what if it's not...
what if we labor hard
and stress out much
what if we spend our life seeking the next
treasure 
or 
pleasure
and, in an instant we are suddenly gone
and all that we poured our energy into
stays behind.
What then?

What if the world expends energy on trying to disprove the existence of 
God
and 
Heaven
and succeeds in taking all mention of them out of our lives...
and it is wrong - all of it just a trick to get our minds off of what is True.
What then?

Will we regret the things we gave our 
time
attention
money
worship
praise
hearts
and wish we had listened to the Voice of Truth instead?

 Sadly, it'll be too late to change our minds
we will have already chosen our path.

I've already made my choice
and I'm quite confident it is the Right One.
But so many around me have not...
and how I live my life from birth to death may affect the way they see the Right One.

The end comes for all of us
sometimes we have the blessing of planning it all out
and sometimes we don't.
But, the one thing we all have in common
is that it WILL come.

So how will we spend our days of waiting?
What will we do with our remaining time?


5 comments:

Becky K. said...

Such important reminders. Just this morning I was thinking how our priorities get readjusted quickly in the event of illness or tragedy...often to the place they should have been all along. I am trying to figure out how this applies to my daily life hopefully without the need for a tragedy.

Your flowers are so pretty. I love, love, love peonies. Yours are great.

Mrs.Rabe said...

Your flowers are stunning! I have peonies too, and yes, I adore seeing them in the house!

Beautiful thoughts about our lives, we must keep our eyes fixed on the Lord, so we don't get drawn away.

Sorry for so much loss this year. Psalm 139:16 is such an encouragement to me. He knows everything about us and how many days I have in this life, before even one of them came to be. It's all in His hands.

Deanna

lindsey said...

Your flowers are beautiful, how lovely to be living in the house where you grew up and to be reaping your mothers hard work in the garden. Yes funerals are certainly the time to reflect on life and all that God has done and continues to do for us and provide for us. The hardest funeral we have been to recently (in fact my husband took the funeral) was that of our friends 15 year old daughter and her unborn child.
Enjoy your garden throughout this spring/summer season!

consume me... said...

Oh, my...Lindsey, that is just too much! I cannot imagine the heartache of finding your child is with child...and then losing them both. Only Jesus...
Only Jesus...

Just a little something from Judy said...

Good morning Terri! I just spent the last 15 minutes here on your blog. I had a few extra minutes in my life and it was a joy to visit you here. Really, you have a very special way of writing, photographing and sharing your heart. I found it all so very interesting. Thank you!

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