The flowers are fading. The wildflowers that make us "ooh" and "aah" are going away. The bluebonnets are only a memory now. They were beautiful while here, but have turned to seed. We hope to see them in the spring.
Just like flowers fade away, so does mankind. We live on this earth God has so gloriously given to us and, after a while, we die. Sadly, some die younger than others, perhaps before their prime. Others live well past the "three score and ten", into triple digits. No one knows exactly how long they’ll live.
Peter spoke of being, "in this earthly dwelling" (2 Pet. 1:13f) NASB, and knew he would lay it aside imminently. The King James Version calls it an "earthly tabernacle." But, Peter knew that man does not live forever. You will not live forever (on this earth) either. You will pass this way and then go the way of all the earth.
The important thing for us is to be prepared when that day comes. One who is prepared has studied the Bible and becomes obedient to God’s commands in the New Testament. It was the Apostle Paul who stated that Jesus was coming again. As He comes, He deals out retribution to those who do not know God or, to those who do not obey the gospel of Jesus Christ (2 Thess. 1:8). Jesus, while alive on this earth, talked about this judgment in Matthew 25. There is a need to be prepared when God comes or, when we die and leave this earth.
We do many things in life that are important to us. Are they important to God? Perhaps as we travel this road, let’s be kind to one another. Let’s care about our family and build them up. Let’s lift a person’s spirits who may be having a hard time. Let’s treat others the way we desire to be treated in all situations. By doing these things, we will never fail.
Each spring, the flowers, trees and grass come to life. Their beauty is there for each of us to enjoy. After death, there will be a resurrection of our bodies just as there was for Jesus. We will spend an eternity somewhere. Where will it be for you? With God or with Satan? The way you live each day will determine that. Let’s live for the One who cared so much for us.