A few days ago, I was able to bike the trails out by Smithville Lake. It was early in the morning and the temperature was just about perfect. I jumped on a trail and took a different turn than I had my previous time (of course not a wrong turn….just different 😊).
After several twists and turns and ups and downs, the path straightened out and I was able to look around the trail instead of simply trying to stay on my bike.
What I discovered right next to this trail was pretty remarkable…purple wildflowers.
In some places there were bunches of flowers, however, in other places, there was a single flower growing through sticks and rocks.
Right next to the single-track dirt path was a delicate flower that seemed to shout out for me to stop and smell it, look at it closely and take it all in.
Unfortunately, I kept telling myself there would be more flowers, so I should just keep pushing along…and then I got winded and thirsty and all I could think about was getting back to the car.
And I never stopped to smell the flowers.
Life can be like my bike ride at times. We notice some special people and we are filled with gratitude and tell ourselves we need to stop and thank them…but then we have an unexpected turn and we decide to put it off.
Again and again, we think about showing gratitude and again and again, something comes up and we put it off…
This Sunday is Mother’s Day…and for some, this might be tough. Perhaps it’s a reminder of an unfulfilled dream or maybe for others it’s a tough childhood experience.
Whether it’s a biological connection or not, each of us has “mothers” who have poured into us…like flowers along the path and this Sunday is a great time to stop and thank them.
I know I’ve been blessed with an incredible mother, mother-in-law, and of course, the best wife in the world who is mother to our kids…they are much more than a single flower…they are a field of flowers who have spread their beauty everywhere.
This Sunday, Pastor Dave will continue our “Counter Culture” sermon series with a sermon entitled, “Personal development and Biblical Discipleship” from Matthew 28:18-20. A most incredible example of discipleship is a godly mother who helps her children encounter God and progress in their faith walk with him.
There is so much to celebrate when it comes to our mothers and those who invest in our spiritual growth. I sure hope you can join us on Sunday in person at 8:00, 9:15 (Full KidCity) or 10:45 am, or watch the Livestream on YouTube (Like and Subscribe) or Facebook at 10:45 am.