Change happens. Life goes
That thought came to me just the other day when I set out to gather
all of the leaves that had fallen thus far on our property. Fall
is an incredible time of change. In death we find beauty. The dying
leaves turn into wondrous colors that paint the world around us.
In their death we marvel at the glorious picture they create if
only for a short time. But what of the flowers?
Out on our deck we have four large flower pots that we fill each
year with a variety of flowers and plants. Usually with the first
frost they wither and die but for a few hardy flowers. We as humans
know that it is time to say good-bye to the warmth and wonder of
summer. We prepare ourselves for it. The trees do the same as they
shut down their systems. Of course the squirrels and other animals
had weeks before begun planning their retreat. But for the flowers
... they keep on growing ... those hardy ones. No one ever told
them not to. There are no signs shown to them that say they can't
continue reaching their full potential. They have a purpose from
seed to planting that they must fulfill.
There, in the four flower pots, I found fresh green leaves and at
the ends of each stem were new growth. Small buds of pink and red
were curled over, not dying, but almost in a swing position ready
to spring out and stretch once again toward the sun. But sadly I
know that the snow will come and cover them freezing them in their
ready position. Soon it will be too much even for this fighter.
But they will come to the end trying. Because it's what they are
supposed to do. They were created to go on, to grow and bloom into
forever. No one told them any different. Even if they did they wouldn't
stop, because they are to be in growth and bloom, not hibernation
Who are you listening to that has told you you can't become more?
Who have you turned your life over to that controls your destiny?
How have you redesigned your genetic structure to limit your full
There are no seasons of frost and bitter cold that are strong enough
to stop you. Only YOU can stop you. Yes, there may be times of slower
growth attributed to the indignities of living. Reconnect to the
inner sources that know not of winter and begin growth again in
that private place deep in your soul that always wants more.
Take on the attitude of the flower, although seeing others die around
it, continues its mission with purpose and dignity living to its
fullness as determined by the One Who created it.
We are told that there is a time to reap and a time to sow. A time
to live and a time to die. Reaping and sowing are a part of living
and we can do so much to postpone the dying. Look at how much of
your life is in your hands. Work hard and reap the benefits. Live
healthy and delay the inevitable. All of the necessary resources
are provided except for the way you choose to think. Everything
we need physically comes from the earth. But our thoughts are our
own or those we choose to accept from others.
If flowers can do all this, imagine then what greatness and beauty
you have inside.