We Bloom For A Season

KEY VERSE | Ecclesiastes 3:11

“He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end.”

“Life is short.” When the world says it, it’s often followed by, “So live life to the fullest.” That “full” can mean a myriad of things—work, relationships, danger or fun—and it can spiral into all manner of depravity as each person tries to find what exactly a “full” life truly means. Each one tries to run as fast as they can to an end they are increasingly terrified of, some never realizing that this life on earth is but a season.

“Our days on earth are like grass; like wildflowers, we bloom and die. The wind blows, and we are gone—as though we had never been here.” Psalm 103:15

Life is short, and we have been created to flourish like a flower in the field, unique in its beauty and for a season. That word “flourish” in Psalm 103 comes from the Hebrew word, parach, which means to bloom, to spread, break forth and make fly, to blossom. There have been several times in my life that I have struggled with the idea that I could flourish—times of loss, great pain, stress and illness, and times of sin and disobedience. It’s in these times that I have found myself striving and working harder to find purpose, using my own strength to “bloom.”

In those times I had forgotten that in a garden, the strength and the work is the responsibility of the Gardener, not the flower. His promise, as we bloom where He has planted us, is that “from everlasting to everlasting, the Lord’s love is with those who fear Him and His righteousness with their children’s children” (Psalm 103:17).

Life is short and God has set this time for us to bloom. It’s His time, not ours. He knows our story from the beginning to the end. He has set eternity in our hearts (Ecclesiastes 3:15) and given us everything we need “for such a time as this” (Esther 4:14). May we stand tall and strong and like the flowers in the field, turn our faces toward the sun. We are His workmanship, His masterpiece. 

RESPONSE | Are there areas in your life you are striving for purpose? Cast your cares on Him, so you may flourish!