[CF Devotionals] 2013-04-30 - Dogwood Trees

James 4:14b (NKJV) For what is your life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away.

Dogwood Trees are among my favorites. We're blessed to have some in our yard and woods, and each year, I enjoy seeing the white and pink blooms. They have a good reciprocal relationship with wildlife; the trees provide food via their seeds and berries, and in turn, the wildlife spreads the seeds that spur new growth. But their beauty is short-lived, and quite fragile. Only about a week ago, our Dogwood Trees were in full and luscious bloom - but now, after half an inch of rain, and a little wind, they are once again bare. The yard is strewn with beautiful petals.

It's all part of the cycle of life, and to me, the Dogwood Trees are emblematic of our own Earthly lives. Some of us will live to be 100, while others will pass away in our 50s or even earlier. Most of us try to extend our stay here on Earth, as long as possible. And there's nothing wrong with that; in fact, God built a survival instinct into us. Richard and I are no exception; we try to take care of our health - by eating plenty of beans, getting exercise, taking time to relax, and the like.

But eventually, whether at 20, 70 or 100, just like the Dogwoods, our brief time here on Earth will complete. After that, those years spent on Earth will seem like a vapor, compared to the rest of our eternal life spent with God. Our current priorities here should reflect that. Are we living by God's priorities - seeking his Kingdom and doing our part to spread His Gospel? May our enjoyment of God's natural world remind us of His eternal plan for us.


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