Gratitude Day 53 – The Growth of Beauty

queen anne's laceWed., May 30, 2018

Isaiah 40:8 – The grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of our God endures forever.”

Look at these Bridal Wreath shrubs. Simply stunning. Even Hubby Rick thought so. We went for a bike ride on Monday and rode past them. (FYI – Rick fixed the back tire of my bike. The nubby, hard to ride tire has been replaced with the normal hybrid tire. Much better!) While Rick is not really a flower connoisseur, even he remarked how beautiful they are.

The last four days in Wisconsin have been hot. Blistering hot for us. Four days of 90+ weather. While this may be normal in other parts of the U.S., this is highly unusual for us in May. Like maybe the first time ever?

Winter ran very late this year.  We skipped spring completely and went right to summer. The flowers aren’t quite sure what season it is. So many have bloomed in the last few days. Just like this bank of Bridal Wreath.

This picture isn’t from our house. We took a little detour and rode past them because they were so stunning. Rick suggested we plant a hedge of these in our yard. He thought they would look great! Yes, he is right. I gently reminded him that this hedge took years to grow. Years.

Likewise, faith takes years to grow. Years. Yes, faith can accelerate and take off. However, the more contemplative, deep-rooted faith which does not get easily shaken takes more than a few full moons to develop.

If you feel like the depth of your faith is not where you would like it to be, do not become discouraged. The Bridal Wreath didn’t grow overnight. Neither may your faith.

Feel like you have years of faith under your belt and it still gets tested? Not to worry. We quickly find a whole bunch of people in the Bible who should have known better … and didn’t. David, Solomon, Elijah, Peter are just a few names that come quickly to mind. I left off a whole bunch more possibilities.

There are days when our faith may be at its peak and it is a beautiful display. Other days, our faith cannot seem to find a way to get up and make it out of bed. And this is OK.

No matter where your faith is today, it’s OK. God is with you right where you are. God will be with you. God’s word will endure today, tomorrow and the next day. Even after the beautiful flowers have faded away.

For this, I am grateful.

Lord God – may we be amazed at the beauty to grace our world with. May we strive to bring beauty through our actions to our little corner of the world. When our faith is not as stellar, may we simply be sustained by Your word, which never ends. Amen.

Blessings –

Dianne

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