On this chilly, gray overcast, windy winter afternoon, I took a walk in a garden near my house. I saw this beautifully red flower with raindrops on its petals. Such beauty! I took a photo and just had to share it with the world.
As with enter this winter season, we tend to fear the ravishes of cold and the uncertainty of a new year. We look behind ourselves and oftentimes regret those things we failed to accomplish in the past twelve months.
The past slaps us in the face as it slowly dawns on us that we wasted precious time with empty pursuits, such as scrolling websites on our phones or binge watching Netflix.
We can never get back wasted time.
Truly time waits for nobody.
Such are the thoughts that ran through my mind as I walked in the garden and noticed flowers in various stages of life and decay. This beautiful flower was still aflame with life and vibrant beauty. But, one day it will, too, fade away.
So, I captured its image with my camera so that I can be reminded of beauty, of the brilliance of life.
Before it fades away.
As we move into 2023, into a new year filled with the unknown, please be reminded that time is fleeting, but life is still a blessing.
Joshua 1:9 says, “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”
Do not waste a second being fearful; have courage; trust in God and know that you are never alone in your despair.
Have courage to accomplish your goals for 2023. Do not waste a second. Life is precious; life is fleeting.
And, life is magnificently beautiful.
Take a walk in a garden on a chilly winter afternoon and be amazed by flowers that are still in bloom.
Copyright Jenny W. Andrews 2022