Psalm 103:15-18

The life of mortals is like grass,
    they flourish like a flower of the field;
the wind blows over it and it is gone,
    and its place remembers it no more.
But from everlasting to everlasting
    the Lord’s love is with those who fear him,
    and his righteousness with their children’s children—
with those who keep his covenant
    and remember to obey his precepts.

The word that sticks out to me the most in these verses is FLOURISH.

Did you notice that the word was not “survive”?

The definition of flourish is to grow or develop in a healthy or vigorous way. 

So what does that look like?

The verses spell it out for us. It is not doing life your own way and doing what you think is best. It is fearing the Lord, striving for righteousness, and obeying his commands.

A lot of people see that last one and are bothered by a God that would command and not just encourage. 

But do you see the result of obeying Him?

You will flourish.

God has graciously given us the ability to flourish, just like flowers do.

And I think that is amazing.

(And I love being compared to flowers because they’re the best).

We have to remember, though, that the Lord will remain sovereign while we bloom. 

He has control over our fleeting lives. 

That is the big reality for me. 

My life is fleeting. I have no idea when I will be done on this earth.

So why do I so often waste precious time?

The one thing I am sure of is that going to Nepal is not wasting precious time. I am confident that this is a part of God’s plan for my life, and he is moving and helping me flourish even as I am preparing to go. And I am thrilled to see the kind of flower I become.

But don’t you think i’ll let that get to my head! Because flowers are so weak.

Just like me.