Ecclesiastes 3:11 New Life Version (NLV)
11 He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has put thoughts of the forever in man’s mind, yet man cannot understand the work God has done from the beginning to the end.
Cherry blossoms or Sakura are fundamental to Japanese culture. Every year, sometime in April the trees will bloom for less than 2 weeks. Japanese people see the cherry blossom as a metaphor for human existence. They are powerful, beautiful, but also short-lived. Within 2 weeks of blooming the tree will be bare of all the flowers. The blossoms having fallen to the ground. While short-lived and somewhat tragic, cherry blossoms remind us to pay attention. To look at the beauty around us and to fully appreciate it for the time we have it, no matter how short lived.
The cherry blossom also symbolizes renewal. Even though the blooming season for the blossoms is very short, you can be certain that they will bloom again the following year, bringing another short explosion of beauty.
Cherry blossoms remind us that God puts beauty into the world around us. Sometimes that beauty is present for a long time, but sometimes that beauty is short-lived and fleeting. It’s impossible to fully know the road God has set for us, but the cherry blossom is a reminder to appreciate the beauty along the way.
Let us close with prayer.
Sometimes the path you have set for us is difficult and full of challenges. In hard times remind us of the fleeting beauty of the Sakura. Allow the beauty of the moment and the hope for the future fill our lives and make travelling the path a little easier. Help us to show others the beauty in everyday life and give us the strength to believe that if today isn’t beautiful, then the beauty is yet to come. This we pray in your name.