Sometimes, things just get better, don’t they?

We are living in a mad time, when it seems we can’t fix anything. Our country is so divided, and our politics even more. Congress has been completely dysfunctional for so long that younger people — such as those who have no memory of the things that got done during the Johnson administration — think it was always this way.

So whether you’re looking at global climate change, or race relations, or the national debt, or even something as immediate and narrow-gauge (but alarming as all get-out, if you are so blessed as to have a baby in your house) as the baby formula shortage, it just doesn’t seem like anything will ever, ever get better.

And yet, if we turn from that and just watch Nature, we see the most amazing things happen — with no effort at all on our part.

For instance — on Saturday, the rain came down hard for awhile. After that, the hanging flower pots on our deck didn’t look too great. See the picture above. They had been beautiful, and my wife — who had put them there — took delight in them. And then they looked like something practically destroyed.

Then the next day, wow. See the picture below. No, this wasn’t a surprise. We figured they would make a comeback. But I thought I would still tell about it here, because I think that too often, we assume too much, and don’t appreciate enough.

I’m reminded of one of my very favorite Bible passages:

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“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat [or drink], or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing?
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Look at the birds in the sky; they do not sow or reap, they gather nothing into barns, yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are not you more important than they?
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Can any of you by worrying add a single moment to your life-span?
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Why are you anxious about clothes? Learn from the way the wild flowers grow. They do not work or spin.
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But I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was clothed like one of them.
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If God so clothes the grass of the field, which grows today and is thrown into the oven tomorrow, will he not much more provide for you, O you of little faith?

Yep. Solomon was a smart guy, but he couldn’t have done anything like this…

1 thought on “Sometimes, things just get better, don’t they?

  1. Bill

    He had silver and gold
    Riches untold
    And the beast of the field lay at his feet

    Everybody bowed
    He wondered why or how

    It all came to be
    No one understood his sorrow

    No one saw his pain
    He way praying for grace
    Ravens pray for rain

    And when he stood before the altar
    Solomon sang

    Solomon sang

    Wisdom was his calling

    Pride sent him falling
    Love was blissful misery

    When the days grew dim
    Life begin again
    In the questions of the Queen

    Did she understand his sorrow
    Did she see his pain

    Vanity and precious stones
    Weigh you down the same

    Solomon sang
    Solomon sang

    Love for woman
    Love for God
    Not so simple

    Not too hard
    For the spirit
    Pleasure is sweet

    And surrender set him free
    Free
    Set him free

    When our time is ended
    How will we have spent it

    Did we see the beauty in each day

    Was it God’s devotion

    Behind each emotion
    Or did it all just slip away

    Can you understand his sorrow
    Can you see his pain
    Nothing lives forever

    But the love that bears your name

    And when he stood up in the temple

    Solomon sang
    Solomon sang

    Solomon sang
    Solomon sang

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