Several years ago we planted a white cherry blossom tree in our front garden and each year, around this time, it is a stunning sight. Sadly the blossom lasts only a few days, but just for this short period, the brilliance and purity of the delicate white flowers (especially against the backdrop of a clear blue sky) are worth the long months of waiting.
Coincidentally, at this time of year, we also experience – often for just a day or two – the appearance of large brown ‘May bugs’. These can be somewhat disconcerting, especially to a ‘philistine’ Londoner. (NB – this article is not my bid to go on Gardeners’ Question Time.)
Jesus encourages us to learn from short-lived nature – for instance in Matthew 6v28ff He describes the lilies of the field as being more beautiful than King Solomon in all his splendour. However, He then speaks about their short lives, saying “If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will He not much more clothe you, O you of little faith?” (v30).
The secular saying “live a day at a time” is actually very similar to Jesus’ advice in v34: “do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own”. May we, as Christian disciples, learn to focus very much on “today”, especially meditating on verses such as:
• Deuteronomy 33v25: “your strength will equal your days”
• Matthew 6v11: “Give us today our daily bread”
• Hebrews 3v13: “encourage one another daily, as long as it is called Today, so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness”
• Hebrews 13v8: “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever”
Peace and Grace