Like a Flower
15As for man, his days are like grass; he flourishes like a flower of the field; 16for the wind passes over it, and it is gone, and its place knows it no more. 17But the steadfast love of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting on those who fear him, and his righteousness to children’s children, 18to those who keep his covenant and remember to do his commandments. 19The Lord has established his throne in the heavens, and his kingdom rules over all. —Psalm 103:15-19
My wife is becoming a good gardener. She’s got a bunch of flowers planted around our house. But when fall settles into our neighborhood, I start noticing how the flowers around our house are not looking as good as they appeared a month ago. And if you know about Chicago winters, then you know in another month they will look even worse. In a couple of months we’ll be wondering, “Were there ever flowers there?” Do you ever look at your flower bed in the wintertime and think, Did our garden ever have impatiens and roses? Were things ever green?
The writer of Psalm 103 had made the same observation about flowers and realized it also tells us something about life. He says, “As for man, his days are like grass; he flourishes like a flower of the field; for the wind passes over it, and it’s gone, and its place knows it no more” (vv.15-16). We live frail and forgettable lives. It’s like sticking your hand in a bucket of water and then pulling it out again. Can you even tell your hand was ever in the bucket? No, you really can’t. It’s dry in a moment.
And that’s what our life is like. We’re going to be here for a little time. James says, “What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes” (4:14). Let’s not live under any illusion that anybody’s going to be building any big statues to you and me. They’re not. And there’ll be a time when maybe no one on the earth will know we ever lived or existed if the Lord hasn’t yet returned.
Now listen; it’s better just to embrace your place in God’s plan, because life is not about demonstrating your importance and significance. Life is about Him. He is the One who is worthy to be known and displayed. And that’s all that will matter to us through all of eternity. Better to embrace right now the awesome truth of the rest of the passage above: “But the steadfast love of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting on those who fear him, and his righteousness to children’s children, to those who keep his covenant and remember to do his commandments. The Lord has established his throne in the heavens, and his kingdom rules over all.” —James MacDonald
· How will the fact that my life is like that of a flower affect the way I live today?
· Why is it important to accept the fact God loves me even though I’m not important?
Father, Your Son made this same point about the flowers in Matthew 6 when He taught about why we shouldn’t worry. You take care of us even though we bring nothing of value to the relationship. You pour out blessings on us though we don’t deserve them. Why wouldn’t I want to place my life in Your hands? Keep reminding me, Lord, that the significance of my life is wrapped in Your purposes and plans. Teach me to live for Your glory—just like a flower. In Jesus’ name, Amen