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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
The writer of Psalm 103 made an observation about flowers that I can relate to. This psalm also tells us about the brevity of life. “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.
My wife has all kinds of flowers planted around our house. Some come up in spring and others in summer, but when fall settles into our neighborhood, I notice they’re not looking as good as they appeared a month before. If you are familiar with Chicago weather, you know that in another month they will look even worse—and soon after we’ll be wondering, Were there ever flowers there? Do you ever look at your flower beds during the winter and think, Did our garden ever have impatiens and roses? Were things ever green?
That’s what life is like. We’re here for a short amount of time. James says, “What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes” (4:14). Don’t live under the illusion that someone will build a big statue to remember you by. There will be a time when no one on earth may know we ever lived, if the Lord hasn’t yet returned.
Listen, it’s better to embrace your place in God’s plan. Because life is not about demonstrating your importance and significance—life is about Him. God alone is the One who is worthy to be known and displayed. And that’s all that will matter to us throughout eternity. We’re just flowers, and He’s the divine gardener.
Take hold of the awesome truth in the rest of the passage right now: “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.”
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…and teach me to live for Your glory. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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