The Flower that Fades...

Photo by Meaghan Sullivan

Twice today I have read or heard the same thought. Perhaps I should pay attention. One verse I was hearing read in a sermon was 1 Peter 1:24-25 " “People are like grass; their beauty is like a flower in the field. The grass withers and the flower fades. But the word of the Lord remains forever.” Then a few hours after hearing this verse I found myself reading Psalm 144:4 and Psalm 146 :5-6, "Man is like a breath; his days are like the passing shadow," and "do not put your trust in whom there is no help. His spirit departs, he returns to his earth; in that very day his plans perish."

I feel like I am always busy and there is never enough time. There are so many plans that I have for my life (immediate and future) and each day is not enough to get it done. I will admit that I could use a bit more work in time management but wrestling the mother, the creative, the studier, the songwriter, the singer, the runner, the wife, the word ingest-or, all into a managed plan seems pretty impossible. So I always have a semi plan and hope that everything gets checked off of my "this is the plan" list. I have found relief today, at least for the moment while the truth is pressing on me, in these few scriptures. They have made me sit back and think, "what is the purpose of my planning?" Well? Ok, these are the things that flurry into my mind:

-take care of my daughter -try to make a space for her happiness -be a good wife -be a good friend -write songs that have a purpose -make music that challenges, stretches, draws, lulls, comforts, encourages, shakes, grabs, and moves people -learn and learn and learn some more so that I have something worth saying

As I was working and thinking about all of these things I just was reminded that it all comes down to the same thing. In order to fulfill all of that list I must know Jesus. Thats it. Thats all I have time in this life for and it will fill this life up completely. Whats crazy about this thought though is that it seems like if I am focusing all on Jesus then maybe I would be neglecting the other things while in fact the other things are neglected only if I am NOT seeking after him. My daughter will only get my best if I am a mother who knows Jesus. My husband will only have my best if I am seeking Jesus. My music listeners will only have my best songs and music if I am seeking Jesus! Get it? Sarah MacIntosh (you can insert your name here) do you get it? There is only enough time in this life for one focus because we are all a vapor. We are only a blade of grass that withers or a shadow that passes with the sun or a flower that fades. We are only a moment BUT the word of the Lord is forever.

Posted on August 10, 2010 and filed under Anything and Everything.