Tranquility Base was the name given by Astronaut Neil Armstrong to the landing site on the moon where the Apollo 11 Lunar Module Eagle landed. Duluth has it's own
Tranquility Base", it's called the Duluth Rose Garden. On summer evenings, visitors and residents alike, stroll through the park, mesmerized by the sweet fragrance emanating from the thousands of roses and the visual beauty of the garden.
A walk through the garden is guarantied to lower you blood pressure 20 points and your anxiety level to zero. Children examine the flowers with curiosity while older people relax on the benches and reminisce of days gone by. Couples get married here while other couples stroll down the paths, discussing life, politics, and religion. The thread of life is apparent in the people and the plants, while Lake Superior quietly sets the backdrop.
I couldn't help remembering that in a few short months the rose bushes would be blanketed with snow and a new beauty would be revealed in a winter season that has a beauty all its own. That season too, would come and go as surely as the seasons of life.
Take time today to enjoy a nearby garden, God made flowers not only to reveal to us the beauty of who He is, but also to remind us of the brevity of life.
"LORD, remind me how brief my time on earth will be. Remind me that my days are numbered—how fleeting my life is.
You have made my life no longer than the width of my hand. My entire lifetime is just a moment to You; at best, each of us is but a breath."
We are merely moving shadows, and all our busy rushing ends in nothing. We heap up wealth, not knowing who will spend it.
And so, Lord, where do I put my hope? My only hope is in You. Psa 39:4-7
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