Wednesday, September 28, 2011

hello June

I just came across a memory card with these pretty pictures on it -- I took them right before Matt & Liz's wedding, right at the beginning of June. These are my front porch flowers, when they were at their very prettiest... because, if I've learned anything, it's that colorful plants and I do not get along, no sir-ee. Give me a shrub, or a tree, or a potted, plain green plant any day, rather than a pot of marigolds. 

Because, you see, I have a superpower: I'll kill the pot of marigolds, simply by looking at them.

These pictures serve another purpose {besides reminding me of my poor gardening skills}. Can't tell you how many times I've heard the words, "September already? October around the corner? Really? Where'd the summer go?" My favorite months of the year are already gone, and the cool, dark days of fall and winter are here again. But wait -- blink -- and it'll be April... May... and then June again... and I'll be back on my porch with an armful of annuals, hoping that I bought enough MiracleGro this time around.

James describes life as "a vapor that appears for awhile and then vanishes away." Like the summer that melts into fall that melts into winter, days pass slowly but years fly quickly. 

And so, I'm asking myself these questions today:

What am I doing that really matters?
Those things that I'm so carefully planning on my to-do list
 -- today, tomorrow, next week, next year -- 
will these things matter for eternity?
Am I just living for the here and now? 
Or am I investing in something bigger than myself?


Rochelle said...

I absolutely needed this reminder today, friend! Thank you for sharing your heart. And that's absolutely true - oh how slowly the days can go by sometimes, but how the years fly!! I want to take every moment captive for Christ & his glory! How often I fail... but I want to work on it! :)

georgia b. said...

good questions.

beauteous photos!