Laboring and Blooming

“Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life.

And why do you worry about clothes?  See how the lilies of the field grow.  They do not labor or spin.  Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these.  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.”  Matthew 6:27-30

Outside my window are two Hibicus Moscheutos planted in a pot, one of the white variety, one maroon.  They are visible out my door to my right as I sit and type in my home office.  The plants create beautiful flowers throughout the summer, but what strikes me most is that the flowers last one day.  Well, to be precise I see the bud for a few days, then one morning I look out and that flower is in full bloom, as the two in the photo are.  The next day the flower has withdrawn back into a bud shape, and the following day the spent flower drops. 

Granted, these are not the “lilies of the field” in the Matthew passage above, but  each time one blooms it reminds me of that passage, and in particular, two thoughts arise.  First, one day, today, is not only enough, but it is what matters.  Second, there’s the echo of that admonition as if it is being spoken directly to me – “O ye of little faith.”

Bloom for someone/something today.

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