This year, the cold moved quickly into our mountain valley. One day it was sunny and warm and the next it was cold and windy. It almost seemed like we went straight from summer to winter and skipped fall entirely. Blustery days blew down green leaves from trees that didn’t have time to withdraw within. In just a few weeks, all the perennials in our yard retreated to the safety of the soil and the trees lost their leaves in earnest.
It all happened so fast that I didn’t have time to do the normal trimming and thinning and cutting back that I usually do before winter sets in.
One day, I walked outside and was surprised to see a bright white perfect Shasta daisy in the midst of all the dead stalks. As I stood there looking at that beautiful flower, a bee came and landed on its center looking for the last vestiges of nectar. Hoping it would stay awhile, I ran inside and grabbed my camera because I knew right then this was a story worth telling.
While all the other daisies were ending their season, this one little flower decided it was going to keep growing despite the cold and lack of direct sun. It was on its own schedule doing the best it could and was fulfilling the measure of its creation.
I bet that bee was glad it was there.
In our sometimes crazy busy hectic world, we often feel behind in the things we want to do. We look around and think we see everyone else doing such a great job of holding things together while we’re frantically trying to play catch up. I wonder how true that perception is.
Because that flower decided to keep growing, it was there when that bee went looking for food when all around the neighborhood, flowers were scarce.
If we do the best we can and move forward with faith, our time frame might just put us in the path of someone who needs what we have to offer, perhaps even long after others have turned their attention elsewhere.
Spencer W. Kimball taught us that, “God does notice us and He watches over us. But it is usually through another person that he meets our needs.”
That’s why it is so important for us to keep going and growing! Even though we might feel behind, there are so many others that feel that way too and we might just be traveling at the same speed to offer needed help for our neighbor.
So the next time you feel overwhelmed and behind schedule and think you might have missed some opportunities, remember the lone little daisy and the grateful bee.