Humans, too often, seem to require much to be happy and thrive: living in the best house, in the best neighborhood, with the best car, wearing the best clothes, using the best and newest gadgets. The wisest of us, learn early and the rest of us learn ultimately, that things, expensive or not, will never make us happy for long. There are far more important things in life than acquiring the latest gadgets, clothes or whatever other material thing, Madison Avenue convinces us we should want. My favorite saying about this is: “We spend our time buying things we don’t need, to impress people we don’t even like, with money we don’t have.”
Nature does things a different way: often thriving through drought or flood, sunshine or shade and in spite of the poorest of environments. It is as if nature inherently knows that this is all temporary and understands we are to make the best of and even thrive through, whatever comes our way.
There are some things, of course, that nature can’t survive and they are usually the result of human interference. But if left alone, just God and nature, there is a beautiful and perfect balance that can teach us a thing or two about thriving. Sometimes…
…even when we do interfere and for example, plant a Stella d’Oro and some other lovely plants, in a beat up, rusty, old wheel barrow with a few holes drilled in the bottom, and then sit it in the hottest part of the yard, often forgetting to water it, nature just goes ahead and thrives anyway. It’s like it’s saying,”Nana nana boo boo! You can’t keep me down!”
I want to be more like that!
So, today, I am quietly thriving where I am. I’m not worrying about tomorrow. Just here, being happy with all that God has given me, and thankful that He hasn’t given me so much that I would not value it. I am quietly resting in the assurance that God has other, more important, things for me to do than store up temporary treasures. Just here, resting in the peace that comes with knowing that He has a perfect place prepared for me, where I will live forever with Him.
Yes, today I want to be more like nature. Not worrying about how I will be fed, watered, sheltered or nourished. Just thriving in Him and hoping that I’ll do the same tomorrow and the day after, and the day after that and so on, until I go to the place He has prepared for me and thrive with Him forever.
For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Jeremiah 29:11 NIV
For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal. 2 Corinthians 4: 17-18 NIV
Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground apart from the will of your Father. And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. So don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows. Matthew 10:29-31 NIV
In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. John 14:2
Fingerprint Friday was started by Beki, at The Rusted Chain. It was inspired by the song by Steven Curtis Chapman that contains the line…”when I look at you, I can see the fingerprints of God.” To participate and/or visit all of the blogs that do, go to the Fingerprint Friday Post on Beki’s blog and follow the instructions.