Today coincidentally, marks the tenth anniversary of my mother’s death. I am not feeling down, but I am very much aware of the anniversary and more so, of all that she did for me, provided for me, and taught me. And even though she really was not a nature girl herself (she was not terribly interested in a walk in the woods), she did nonetheless, instill in me somehow, a love of nature.
In church today, and in the Church-Photo-A-Day (no. 33) promoted by the United Methodist Church on-line during Lent, the reading from the Hebrew Bible came from the prophet Isaiah, chapter 43, in part vs. 18 and 19: Do not remember the former things, or consider the things of old. I am about to do a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert. It seems the prophet “got it” – long before we even heard the admonition to live for today. Yesterday is past; something new awaits. And the truth is that there IS always newness: a new sunrise (or even a new cloud rise!), a new recipe to try, new friends to meet or acquaintances to renew, new ideas or insights that come to mind when we least expect them.
I am drawn to this conclusion: if God, or Yahweh, or Elohim, or El Shadai or “I am who I am” can re-new these elaborate flowers, the orchids – which neither work nor think nor fret – how much more we can anticipate knowing and experiencing newness each and every day. I’m off to explore some new movement of furniture in my house today – and hopefully some new cleanliness as well! Wish me luck.
I have posted my orchid collage on the Photo Fusion page of this site. Hope you enjoy.