Thursday, February 28, 2013

Where Have All the Flowers Gone?

Where have all the flowers gone?
Long time passing
Where have all the flowers gone?
Long time ago
~Pete Seeger

If you live in an area where it gets cold enough to plunge anything outside that's alive into a deep freeze, you know the appreciation of the first lively green shoot to appear from dark soil or the evidence of spring in a swollen bud on an apple tree.

There are people who love the four seasons: Spring's new birth, the steady heat of Summer, crisp goodbyes of Fall, and the sleepy cover of Winter. Other people crave the year round warmth where 65 degrees is sweater weather and others prefer the white tundras of Alaska where summer is a distant memory.

Each climate in any geographical location needs particular conditions to sustain life and flora. The north needs frigid winters to destroy etiological predators that have cocooned under hidden places so they can emerge in Spring and eat through the new life. The tropical south requires warmth all year and one hard frost can destroy crops and hopeful cana lilies ready to bloom.

No climate is prefect and no season remains forever. Life is the same way. Maybe you're in a state of stasis and it's not the time for you to emerge from your cocoon or you may find yourself hurled ahead by a raging river, swollen by melting snows rolling down the mountains. No climate of life can be perfect and may never be the way you'd hoped for. You can't leave and move to a better climate. You either have to bundle up against the bitter cold, or endure the heat of angst. Adapt and grow no matter what season God has placed you in.

Bloom where you are.

I have seen the burden God has laid on the human race. He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end. I know that there is nothing better for people than to be happy and to do good while they live. That each of them may eat and drink, and find satisfaction in all their toil—this is the gift of God. I know that everything God does will endure forever; nothing can be added to it and nothing taken from it. God does it so that people will fear him.
Ecclesiastes 3:10-14 (NIV)

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