Spirituality

Published on February 7th, 2015 | by Millennium Magazine Staff

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Cycles of Life

Written by Dr. Jed N. Snyder, President, Jesus Every Day Ministries, Inc.

“For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven: a time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted…”  Ecclesiastes 3:1-2

I recently came back from one of those big chain store garden centers. It is February as I write this, but here in South Carolina it is time to think about gardens again.  I found some bulbs for beautiful day lilies.  I will plant them and in about two weeks these bulbs will have died and born new life. The cycle of life of the gardener represents the cycle of life for us all. There is a time to plant, but nothing in this world is permanent.  That is why we who are Christians don’t live for today.  Today will be gone

I began my life as a gardener about 50 years ago.  It is hard to believe that a half century has come and gone.  My hair is white and my grandkids say I have a “crinkled neck”.  Inside I still feel like a thirty year old, but to deny the “crinkles” would be to lie to myself.  I must accept the truth of the cycles of life.  There will be a time to die.

My wife’s father lived with us until he recently went home to be with the Lord.  He was 93 years old.  His admission of age came just a few years ago.  Until that time he had lived alone, but then he got ill and was hospitalized. He was then placed in a rehabilitation unit where he finally admitted that he was old and needed us to care for him. He gave up his car.  He gave up his home which meant that we became his human security.  He gave up his checkbook to his son. He then did not even know how much money he had.  We watched him 24/7 and he didn’t usually object.  There is a time to become dependent again.  Life’s cycle is full for him.  He, like my garden, was planted, grew, matured, fed others and then began to wilt and eventually needed to have his garden dug up, it will be replanted in heaven.

Our grandson represents the other end of life.  He comes and in a sense replaces the old man who has completed his earthly garden and is planted forever in his heavenly garden.  Our grandson will grow, mature, feed others, and eventually, if things go through the normal cycle, his mother and father will help care for us in our old age.  Maybe we will be able to share in his wedding, and the birth of our great grandchildren, and the cycle of life will continue.

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