It’s reassuring that the Saskatoon bushes and crab apple trees are in such resplendent bloom this year, following a dry mild winter and an even drier and warmer spring. The over-production of bloom is a reminder that, in spite of the threats those plants face, nature has a way of taking care of its own. The excess of seeds ready for another year insures there is enough for new beginnings.
Remember the scripture verse about “consider the lilies of the field” and the way God cares for them? That’s nature’s way! That’s the Creator’s way.
The same kind of resilience is built into our DNA. When we face disaster, threats to our health or to our finances, doubt surges up like bile. But we have implanted within us incredible survival reserves.
Give thanks for the way shedding tears can relieve stress and help us restore perspective.
I think of the medley of people around us being like blossoms on a lilac flower. They are reminders that we are not alone, that there is strength in our togetherness. The readiness of so many lending hands are our assets. That’s why God gave us each other. Nature’s way is the Creator’s way!
Add the stories of survival from out of the ashes of Fort McMurray. Remember the Syrian woman who came to Edmonton as a refugee a few months ago. She felt so privileged to help the fire victims because she knew what it was like to lose everything in an instant. Now she could do something for others.
An image of Jesus with arms outstretched is a way of showing how ready God is to enfold us and our world in an embrace. The hymn writer Marty Haugen has written “Healer of our every ill, light of each tomorrow, give us peace beyond our fear, and hope beyond our sorrow.”