A sweet friend brought me a mum for my birthday. It was in full, glorious bloom as he stepped across my threshold.
Mums are the harbinger flower to escort fall in the door. I was so thrilled to have a mum to cry out
“Welcome Autumn!!” to visitors that may come this way.
But, since she was in full bloom, within just a few days, she had wilted into forlorn sadness.
With clippers in hand, I began to snip away the dead and dying.
Beneath the outermost layer of wilting beauty, was a second level of life waiting to colorfully blossom.
As I sat there, antique shears at work
brickwork chilling my bones as the cool tile drained the warmth from the skin beneath my shorts,
I thought about life and its’ blossoming, fruiting and death.
Each *clink* of the shears in our physical world made me think of the parallel in the spiritual world. This is our God. We are the mum. We blossom for a season … beautiful, intense in color, radiant to gaze upon. Sometimes there is a second showing in a season. Sometimes it gets lost in the old beauty that still hangs on. Sometimes God trims away the unneeded … the spent … so that we can more easily see the present blooming.
We can mourn that loss. But, life does not end … just the current showing.
Sometimes it’s hard to look down and see the waste … beauty from the past … culled and wilted.
But, there is more glory to come!!
Rather than looking down, we must look up. God knows what He is doing. He knows what is wheat and what is chaff. He knows that which has potential and that which is spent. He knows our gifts and our talents, our history and our future, our knowledge and our potential.
Trust in Him as you wait
for the second blooming.
For this culling ….
it is just part of life ..
a necessary work in this season.
Rest and prepare
for the beauty to come.
Philippians 1: 3 I thank my God every time I remember you.
4 In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy
5 because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now,
6 being confident of this, that
He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.