Stunning is the word which comes to mind as I drive by my neighbor’s flowerbed every day. He’s been working hard all summer pulling weeds, hoeing, and watering to nurture it. The flowers and plants in it are currently at their peak of beauty and lushness. I’m really enjoying seeing them each day. In fact, I’ve walked across the street a few times to admire them. I’m glad he’s worked so hard to keep it up because I get to enjoy the results without any work!
They truly are beautiful, but the cold nights and hard frosts are coming. I won’t be able to enjoy them much longer.
While looking at his flowers this verse came to mind…
1 Peter 1:24-25 24 because “All flesh is as grass, And all the glory of man as the flower of the grass. The grass withers, And its flower falls away, 25 But the word of the LORD endures forever.” Now this is the word which by the gospel was preached to you. (nkjv)
The seasons remind me that life starts and ends. We see it in grass, flowers, trees, and in the animal world. Seeds germinate. Water, warmth and sun make plants grow. They bloom, bear seed, and show their glory then a hard freeze brings them down.
As the verse also says, “all flesh is as grass.” Our lives are no different except for the length of time it normally takes. Eventually this physical body fades and is brought down.
However, the Word of God is not subject to these cycles. It is firm, established and guaranteed by God to endure. Through it we learn about God and his ways. We also learn about the new birth in Christ (v 23).
Thank you God for your creation which teaches us about the brevity of life. Thank you more for Your word that teaches us how to have life eternally.