Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Black-Eyed Susan

Black-Eyed Susan, originally uploaded by chanchanchepon.
I took this picture a few weeks ago while my family was visiting the new river gorge. We were having a deluxe meal (subway--eat fresh), and my brother and I wandered into a flower garden to take some photos of some late blooming plants. My right big toe is also making a cameo appearance in the lower right corner.

It's kind of refreshing to look at this picture as the clouds have gatherd over Morgantown this evening. I was reading a passage in Isaiah 40 that says the grass withers and the flower fades, but the word of the LORD endures forever.

I went for a run yesterday, and today I am feeling a little tired. The same passage says that those who wait on the LORD will run and not grow weary. It's amazing when you think about it. If we run hard, the natural consequence of running is that we become tired. I had taken some time off from running, so my body was out of condition.

Just imagine what it is like when we are spiritually out of condition. We forget how to wait. We forget how to be patient. We forget how to love. And we grow spiritually tired much like a runner out of condition grows physically tired.

How do you remain spiritually fit? How do you practice patience? Take some time and enjoy the flowers before they are gone for a season, but remember that although the flower fades, we can experience the beauty of our Creator at any time.

1 comment:

cameron king said...

I see a toe in the bottom right corner!