In this fleeting moment known as life on this earth, let us be diligent to open our hearts to the One Person who can offer us a life that is not fleeting, but rather is eternal. Jesus Christ offers His own life – everlasting life — to anyone who will receive Him as Lord. We can make our fleeting moment on this earth count for eternity if we will only allow the One who is “the way, the truth, and the life” to give us all of Himself.
Then once He has done so, He can live His life through us, showing forth His love and mercy to a multitude of others who pass through our lives. Like the flowers of the field, we give forth the aroma of the Lord Jesus, and we scatter our seed into the soil all around us. As a result, our short lives become invested into other lives, drawing them into a glorious eternity with the Lord as well. It’s amazing how many eternities can be determined by a single fleeting lifetime on earth, once it is wholly committed to the Lord.
“For this reason Is say to you, do not be anxious for your life …. Look at the birds of the air, that they do not sow; neither do they reap, nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not worth much more than they? Observe how the lilies of the field grow; they do not toil nor do they spin, yet I say to you that even Solomon in all his glory did not clothe himself like one of these. But if God so arrays the grass of the field, which is alive today and tomorrow is thrown into the furnace, will He not much more do so for you, O men of little faith? Do not be anxious then ….” (Matthew 6:25-31).
Daisies are my favorite flower in the whole world. There’s such a simplicity and purity about them that I’m thrilled by them every time I see them. That’s pretty much the way I feel about the Lord Jesus Christ. He’s so lovely and so pure that just knowing He’s with me all the time fills me with the greatest kind of pleasure I’ve ever known.
Out of darkness into the light:
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These delightful daffodils — golden bells of sunshine — exploded in my back yard a day ago. They always come — regardless of what the weather man says. A friend told me today that she heard a winter-weather advisory for this area, and I responded that almost every year, as soon as my daffodils come up, then the weather turns mean and nasty and tries to beat them to the ground. But these daffodils represent life, and life keeps producing life — even in the very face of death.
I got to thinking, after talking to my friend, that these daffodils, like everything else God created, have a job to do. They are to push their way up out of the ground and grow straight and tall to announce that spring has come and new life is available. They do their job perfectly, regardless of any possible consequences.
So I’m taking a lesson from these little flowers, and I’m sharing that lesson with you: Don’t worry about whether anything or anyone else is doing what he’s supposed to do. And don’t look all around to see if all circumstances are in your favor. Just be faithful over what you have been assigned. If you have a job to do —- DO IT!
A Fleeting Moment:
“As for man, his days are as grass: as a flower of the field, so he flourisheth. For the wind passeth over it, and it is gone; and the place thereof shall know it no more.” (Ps. 103:15-16).
In this “fleeting moment” known as life on this earth, let us be diligent to open our hearts to the One Person who can offer us a life that is not fleeting, but rather is eternal. Jesus Christ offers His own life – everlasting life — to anyone who will receive Him as Lord. We can make our “fleeting moment” on this earth count for eternity if we will only allow the One who is “the way, the truth, and the life” to give us all of Himself.
I live in Illinois, and Azaleas bloom ONLY in April or May in our region. I have several Azalea bushes in my yard, and I have never seen one bloom during any of the winter months at all. But this year, in the middle of December, this one white Azalea started blooming all of a sudden. I thought perhaps the blooms would hold out for a day or two and then be frozen too much to hang on. But these blooms kept coming and lasted for almost two weeks. You see them here as the background for my Christmas lights, strung along my front porch railing. I snapped the picture at night, so you cannot see the bush well, but you can recognize the blooms. This event was most definitely UNUSUAL.