Seems like it’s been such a busy week there’s been no time to pause and reflect, but every morning I look out my window and notice the contrast between our cherry tree, which has burst into bloom, and our weeping willow, which is just beginning to think about whether or not to bud out. It makes me think about the difference in us as humans…in our growth and maturity rate in our faith. Some blossom at the first sign of warmth, and others take their sweet time about deciding whether or not it’s really “safe” to trust that the spring is truly coming. I admire the cherry trees’ bravery, but on the other hand, if we have an unexpected snow storm, that will kill all the fruit that might have been. The willow, on the other hand, blooms very late and yellows very late in the fall. The lovely thing is…to each of us there is a season, and “a time for every purpose under the sun.” Whether we’re fast or slow, we can be confident that “he who has begun a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus” (Philippians 1:6).