1 Corinthians 2:9 – No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love him. (NIV)
I had finally resolved to pull out all the faded flowers, trim back the roses, and generally prepare the flowerbeds for the winter that lay ahead. It was a cold day, and my feet were freezing. I quietly chastised myself for not doing this on one of those lovely sunny days, but then, I didn't want to put an end to the flowers until I had to. After preparing three large bags for the trash bin, the light of day had almost faded away. Next morning, when light of day came back again, I could see the fruit of my labours. Now I could let winter hurl whatever it had, and wait for spring to come again.
As I reflected on this experience, I realized that each time I prepare my garden for winter, it marks another year of my own life gone by. What have I done to prepare myself for what lies ahead? Our time grows shorter with each passing year, and like those sunny days, when we tend to hang on to the flowers for as long as we can, we put off preparing for what seems an end to something we love.
God has taught us through His word, not to love things, for they are temporary, as is our life here on earth. We are preparing to leave it all behind. God's eternal love for us is the best thing to cling to.
Looking back does not achieve a thing, so we always look ahead with anticipation, believing in the power of Christ's victorious resurrection. If we belong to Him, the light of day, that eternal day, will come again for us.
In preparing our garden, our life, for what lies ahead, we can let life's winter hurl whatever it has in store. Our hope of the coming eternal "spring" rests assured in Christ our King.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, teach us to make good use of the time that You have planned for us. Help us to love and share. Prepare us for each new day, and for times to come, as we work for Your will to be done. In Jesus' name we pray. Amen.