A Study in Aging Beautifully: Gardenias

As I mentioned yesterday, Alan and I just celebrated our 44th anniversary
this past weekend, and it occurs to me that we’re getting pretty old!gardenia-plantHere’s just a little thought, but I have a gardenia plant,
and I’ve been so inspired by watching it bloom! wilting-roses-at-nelson-mandelas-homeDo you know how most flowers turn brown on the edges as they get oldwilting-roses-in-africabecoming wilted and all bedraggled by the time they die? gardenia-flower-unfurlingWell, my gardenia blossoms unfold like a pinwheel of pure white…white-pure-rose-africa-copy-2slowly unfurling their petals day by day until their blooms
are as full and fragrant as the finest rose. gardeniaHowever, as gardenias age, the blossoms don’t turn brown like withering roses, they gradually turn deeper and deeper shades of yellow.gardenia-plantI would like to learn to age beautifully, like gardenias,
continuing to flourish and produce fruit until the day I die!   baobab-tree-the-big-tree-zimbabwe12 The righteous flourish like the palm tree
    and grow like a cedar in Lebanon.
13 They are planted in the house of the Lord;
    they flourish in the courts of our God.
14 They still bear fruit in old age;
    they are ever full of sap and green,
15 to declare that the Lord is upright;
    he is my rock, and there is no unrighteousness in him.”
(Psalm 92:12-15, NIV, emphasis mine)

(The baobab tree in this last photo is called “The Big Tree.”
We saw it recently while we were in Zimbabwe. It’s somewhere between 1000-1500 years old, and it’s still producing flowers and fruit!
Talk about incredible and inspirational!!)


2 responses to “A Study in Aging Beautifully: Gardenias

  1. Yes & AMEN!
    Those of us that wait on our Lord like Mary at His feet,ever have our youth renewed truly-from the inside out!JESUS our preserver,for us to be the flavoring season salt,satisfies our mouths with good things(Dentist in us!),so that our youth is renewed (teeth too!)as the eagle’s!I enjoy the dew of youth that none can dispise,because of wisdom with experience as it is written in Psalm 110:3!Not fearing maturing-ripeness,not making youth an idol,but simply continuing in the child-like FAITH of our holy ancestors!
    WONDERFUL is our great,eternal,perfect SALVATION for our whole SPIRIT-soul-body in The Holy GHOST,Who so quicks our mortal bodies,with the resurrection life of Christ!
    Many thanksgivings,all thankfulness for so great gifts to show our GOD is The Eternal Who has given us abundant everlasting life according to HIS endless WORD!
    Holy GLORY HalleluYah!

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