In the middle of our mild winter, flowers at NHPC began blooming. At first, this development bothered me. I worried that we would have a hot spring and summer. I worried about climate change in general.
I’m still not a fan of hot weather, and climate change is still an issue in front of us. But my opinion of the darling little flowers has changed.
You see, these flowers just keep on blooming! For weeks, more and more blooms have graced the front door of the church, and the lower entrance to the fellowship hall. What determination!
In The Magician’s Nephew by C.S. Lewis, Aslan the Lion says, “Things always work according to their nature.” Flowers are supposed to bloom. Rain is supposed to be wet. Storms are supposed to rage. And, as much as it hurts for me to say this, diseases will act according to their nature.
And we, images of God that we are, should work according to our nature. We are creative and smart and caring. Smart enough to treat and prevent disease. Creative enough to work on new means of healing. Caring enough to look out for the most vulnerable among us.
So here are some flowers working according to their nature. Friends, keep up the good work of caring and creating. With our work and God’s work hand in hand, we will persevere.
Always with joy,