Monday, July 28, 2014

Lush Indeed

When you approach Pennsylvania from the west, the word you'll think of is lush. It's all rolling hills, forests, and farmland. 

My daughter asks me to define the word for her. 

Lush means growing luxuriantly. It means rich and juicy and exuberant. It means dense with ripe things. Lush means prolific, abundant, and vigorous. 

We're in a lush place, and I'm so thankful. I pray that we always find ourselves in this kind of place, ripe with every good thing God offers. 

Sunday, July 27, 2014

They Will Keep

I remember an exchange in the recent movie Jane Eyre (also in the book) between St. John Rivers and Jane. It's so simple, but it showcases a great character who isn't consumed with ambition or personal gain. 

St. John Rivers worries that Jane's simple work and life is somehow beneath her or wasteful. 

He asks: "What will you do with all your fine accomplishments? 

Jane Eyre replies: "will save them until they're wanted. They will keep."

While I'm remembering this quote, two different friends point out the incredible story of the American Agava plant that has waited 80 years to bloom. This very week, the plant has bloomed at Michigan's Matthaei Botanical Gardens.

I learn something about this plant whose fine accomplishment has been kept for 80 years. 

Nobody knows why it waited so long. Nobody can explain the particular timing of it. It's a mystery. 

All I can think about is the truth that our gifts and offerings to the world will keep until the right time--when they're needed. 

Until then, we live in the mystery of it and the comfort that we can save all our offerings until they're wanted. 

They will keep.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Running Wisdom: If it Hurts, Something's Getting Stronger

Every few years or so, I try to start running.

I'm so sore I could just curl up in a ball and never move again. Muscles that I never used have been thoroughly used.

It hurts.

I remember this morning that when you're building muscles and getting fit, the sore feeling means one is getting stronger. It's really the only way to grow.

Oh, glorious pain! This is how to move into strength and then, eventually, into the freedom to run.