This week, I’ve been faced with death.
It started with my flowers. I took the kiddos to Costco with me on Saturday and as we passed the beautiful display, Kylie said, “Mom, we should get daddy flowers!”
I laughed because that’s what they do for me so many times with daddy – and doesn’t it just make sense to get some for him too?? Of course!
Then, we couldn’t decide on a flower or color that everyone could agree on. Of course. So, I found these multi color hydrangeas that solved that problem – they had every possible color of the rainbow. Perfect!
We brought them home and put them each into Glennie the Great’s milk glass vases and sat them in the window sill.
4 beautiful budding hydrangeas. Gorgeous.
Do you see what I see?
That dead flower on the right.
WHAT IN THE WORLD HAPPENED??
I came downstairs Saturday night to fix a bottle for Brock and that flower was DEAD. I mean D E A D.
I pulled it out of the vase, inspected every part. Surely it must have gotten broken. Nope. It wasn’t bent or cut anywhere. Just DEAD.
I was baffled. It had water. But the leaves were sagging and the buds were withered.
And just like that, the beauty faded.
No reason, no explanation.
Life is like that sometimes. It comes out of nowhere. We fear death and all that it brings.
Just this week our community mourned the death of a 3 year old little girl that’s gone far too early from her family – a terrible ATV accident gone wrong.
And a friend sends me a text that her cousin was found unresponsive. He was in his 30s. Gone too early.
These unfathomable instances don’t even compare to my dead hydrangea, but I couldn’t help but think about the flower in the window sill.
Some things we will never understand this side of heaven.
All we can do is trust that God is a good, good Father.
And that all things are in His time, in His hands.
This song played as I drove around in the car and it seems so fitting.
21 For to me, living means living for Christ, and dying is even better. 22 But if I live, I can do more fruitful work for Christ. So I really don’t know which is better. 23 I’m torn between two desires: I long to go and be with Christ, which would be far better for me. 24 But for your sakes, it is better that I continue to live.
25 Knowing this, I am convinced that I will remain alive so I can continue to help all of you grow and experience the joy of your faith. 26 And when I come to you again, you will have even more reason to take pride in Christ Jesus because of what he is doing through me.
1 Corinthians 15:55-57
55 O death, where is your victory?
O death, where is your sting?”
56 For sin is the sting that results in death, and the law gives sin its power. 57 But thank God! He gives us victory over sin and death through our Lord Jesus Christ.
For me to live is Christ – to die is gain.
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