Each leaf began as a tender bud.
The spring green emerging against the blue sky made the birds sing.
Happy children played under the green canopy, protected from summer sun.
In time, there was a chill in the air and the sun set sooner.
Purple, gold, and crimson dotted the landscape until one by one, each leaf fell to the earth.
Their purpose did not end here, but they blended with the moist earth to make it rich with nutrients.
Skeleton-like trees remain dormant, at rest for a season. This is not their prettiest moment. In fact, they look dead. But they are not. Winter quiescence – where roots are resting but ready – is extremely important for the health of individual trees. Root systems reach deeply in search of water and nutrients.
And each spring, it begins again.
Our lives are like that. Each season has a purpose. You may be feel alive and productive. Or you may be enduring a time of feeling barren and empty.
Whatever your season is, wear it with confidence. And always remember, you can begin again.
To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:
A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted …
Does anybody see?
Does anybody care?
Everything has a purpose.
And some of the best things in life are hidden.
Until someone finds it.
And that includes you.
Kingfisher: Htet-Aung / Foter.com / CC BY-NC
We all yearn for something to fulfill us.
yearn: have an intense feeling of loss or lack and longing for something.
You know what? We’re all in the same boat. We live in a world that is broken, yet, full of wonderful glimpses of Heaven. You say you are not sure there is a Heaven? Well then, how is it that there is such beauty all around us? From the intricate, invisible structure of the DNA strand to the spectacular, resplendent Milky Way Galaxy, our earthly home speaks of something beyond our understanding.
But is it beyond our understanding? Not really. Because the Creator wired humanity to yearn for him. We can’t help it.
It is really the yearning that is beyond our understanding. What is this inner desire that coaxes me to look for something or someone to accept me and give me purpose? We may try many experiences to numb the pain, make us forget, or bring happiness – if just for a moment.
But there is truly only one way to feel complete. And that is open your arms to God.
I’m not talking about religion. I’m talking about you and God. He is waiting for you. Tell Him you’re ready to meet Him. He’ll take care of the rest.
Everything has purpose. When you consider nature and how everything fits and operates with value and purpose, how much more is your life valuable and purposeful?
There is struggle in nature. Chicks must peck their way through the egg. Delicate plants push their way through heavy soil. Without bees there are no flowers or food. Without an irritant there are no pearls.
God would not order nature and not order human life.
He gives purpose to pain – not because God purposes pain for us, but because He knows how to bring purpose from pain.