Photo by K. Davis
Teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom. (Psalm 90:12)
This is the Christmas flower. I planted the bulb and calculated what I thought was the correct growing schedule so it would bloom right around Christmas. Well, my calculations were off, or the flower didn’t get the memo, but it bloomed on Saturday. It is gorgeous, deep red, multiple blooms, it is breath taking. So, Christmas came early as far as the Amaryllis is concerned. I have no more control over when this flower blooms than any area of my life, and it’s a good reminder!
None of us know the number of our days, but we do know that with each day that draws to a close there is one fewer of them. As we approach Thanksgiving let’s do it with a conscious observation that life is short. Mend the relationships that need to be mended, apologize for the hurts, and value the moments that are here and now. Of course there is no way to change the past, but there is a chance to acknowledge it and move forward.
God has the best plans for us! We will dance with the joyful again, and we will laugh and love. Commit to cherish each blessing of joy that is showered down. Sometimes we have to commit to setting aside the hurts and say yes to life again, and through prayer ask God to guide us back to the joyful, restored, renewed, and relying on Him.
You have turned my mourning into joyful dancing. You have taken away my clothes of mourning and clothed me with joy. -Psalm 30:11