Today I am honored to have Nicole from Motherhood Confessions as my guest. She wise and a this great combination of funny and real, I just know you'll love her! She stays home with her two kids and works part time from home for Catalyst in Illinois. Here's a little bit about her in her own words. You can also find her on facebook.
Blueberries from Blossoms
"Whether it was fishing, gardening, or picking blueberries fresh off the bush, my Grandpa was probably the person in my life who best taught me about how to enjoy God's creation.
I don't know if "loss" is an emotion, but that's what I felt when he passed away just a couple of weeks ago. After the news of his death, I spent some time wandering through his backyard and the place where a vibrant garden used to be. It was now overgrown with weeds, with no sign of the strawberries, tomatoes and green beans that had delighted me as a child. I was overcome with sadness.
But then, I wandered over to my Grandpa's beloved blueberry bushes. I did not expect to see any blueberries there, as it was only April. But I stopped in front of a twig, and studied it closely.
And there they were. No, not blueberries...
I was pretty sure I had never seen a blueberry blossom before…probably because I had never bothered to look. I was suddenly in awe at the inner workings of it all and how the little flower protected all the “magic” going on inside. What an exceptional design!I was captivated by such beauty in the midst of this dying backyard. Then I heard God whisper to my heart.
“I make all things new”.
Slowly, I felt as though I were being lifted from my sadness and invited into something higher, something TRUER. As I stared at the blossom, I realized I was witnessing a miracle…a miracle far greater than if I had seen actual blueberries on that bush. This miracle held a promise that in the midst of a groaning world, a dying garden, and a broken heart, there IS Life. If we will only choose to see it.
It reminds me of this verse:
“So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal" (2 Corinthians 4:18).
As Ray Stedman puts it, “Paul's argument here is very simple. The visible things of this life are but transient manifestations of abiding realities which cannot now be seen. If the transient form can exist, surely the reality behind it exists”. In other words, we must not focus on the thing we are looking at, but the truth behind it. I think God wanted me to see something that day…something even more “unseen” than that little blossom. Death brings forth life. Night leads to dawn. Winter produces spring. OVER AND OVER again.
Grief is a tough journey. I cringe when someone says that death is just a “natural part of life”. It’s the most unnatural thing a person can experience. Death has nothing to do with life – it’s a part of the curse of this world. “For the wages of sin is death…
…But the GIFT of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord”. (Romans 6:23)
For now, we will have to endure death and separation in this life. We will experience long winters…and dying gardens. And when it happens, our souls will groan. Jesus wept. The disciples wept. For a time, the finality of death leads us to believe it has won. And we will weep.
But, when we’re ready, we can lift our eyes and cling to the hope that Spring is in our midst. God is speaking this truth to us every day, if we’ll only open our eyes to see it. The promise of new Life will manifest itself. Somewhere. Somehow.
And we WILL taste the sweetness of the harvest once again."
What a privledge to have Nicole share how she has seen the Lord reveal Himself through His creation. Don't forget to pop on over to Motherhood Confessions to say Hi.
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