15 As for man, his days are like grass;
As a flower of the field, so he flourishes.
16 When the wind has passed over it, it is no more,
And its place acknowledges it no longer.
17 But the lovingkindness of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting on those who fear Him,
And His righteousness to children’s children,
18 To those who keep His covenant
And remember His precepts to do them.
-Psalm 103: 15-18
When I was in college, it was pointed out to me by a dear friend that I sometimes got distracted by trees. She told me it was kind of funny, especially when I’d be walking, perfectly contented in silence, distractedly enjoying the leaves and branches instead of the people I was with. As odd as it may have seemed to her (and likely many others), watching the trees is something of a reverent experience for me. They’re creations of God, not sentient but still beautiful, and the idea that the same hand could sculpt me and such a huge thing is inspiring. But verses like this use nature differently; seasons pass, weather changes, and plants wither and die. Just like us.
But the beauty of God is that He remains unchanged from season to season, from year to year. His lovingkindness is eternal and unending. Through the sacrifice of Christ, we can cling tightly to that eternity, allowing ourselves to be carried beyond the passing seasons and blowing wind and into everlasting life. Once of my favorite things to consider is the idea that we only die once, but we live twice; through God’s new covenant with us, he has breathed new life into this passage.
So, when you see a tree or feel the wind, remember that unlike the natural world, you no longer wither and die.