September 24, 2016
As I hung out sheets this cool, clear fall day, I couldn’t help noticing the zucchini that just a month ago was decimated in the short minutes of a hail storm.
This morning I could see the plants have filled out new leaves and 3 small zucchinis are getting larger by the day, just the way zucchini does.
All of nature is designed to come back.
“Seed time and harvest,” the world renews itself.
And so does mankind.
Research shows that people have a built in ability to recover—sometimes quicker than what we’d expect—from the most devastating disasters.
Life has a way of throwing us hard balls, quick and relentless. One day this week at lunch duty, I sat with a student who’d been rear-ended on his way to a golf tournament. The car is a mess, but the guy—not so much so. We chatted about how life can change in a moment.
We anticipate a day going the same as the day before and the day before that.
In an instant, all changes. Sometimes, everything in perspective, it can be relatively small— missing a tournament, losing a car.
Then there are times it changes all things, everything we ever planned. In one moment life will never be the same. Yet, we walk on—one day and one step at a time. We trust God even when we can’t comprehend Him.
A day down the road, we realize we’ve turned a corner. We know we’ll walk on—differently, yes—but we walk on. We may walk in a new direction—often wiser and humbler than before—but we continue to grow. We push out new leaves. We bear new fruit.
It’s the lesson of the zucchini.
As I inspected the 3 little zucchinis at the base of new leaves, I said to myself:
Yep, there will be zucchini bread this winter after all.
—the parishioner who doesn’t do anything