Calaveras Big Trees
Every young child wished they were older so that they would partake in the privileges of the grown-ups. Days go on and they reach the maturity that they once dreamt. Yes, the ideal age of beauty, freedom and vigour. Absent from the dream are the pressure and stresses in life as one garners independence and survival. Before they know it, these children begin to age - age beyond the ideal. Vigour, beauty, and independence are running away. Then the ugly and unnecessary battle against ageing begins.
Life on this earth can be meaningless, a chasing after the wind (Ecclesiastes 2). We need to learn to appreaciate the power and grace of our Creator more than the things that we can do. Our works and efforts to change the value of our life is all meaningless, a chasing after the wind. God is the ultimate source of our happiness and the determiner of the kind of life we all have.
I'd like to digress and point out the relationship between plants and the gardener. Plants come in different kinds. Potentially, some live to last two months, a year, two years, and still some 200 years. All of which has the chance to get eaten by a worm when they are still a young succulent seedling, a chance to be infested with a virus that would distort their appearance, a chance to be trampled, and a chance to be shaded by a competing weed. Beyond all the mechanisms that a plant can do to fight for its survival and success, however, the gardener will decide whether to protect, water, prune, or rogue his plants.
"Consider how the lilies grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you, not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these". - Luke 12:27
Song - "Grandmother" by Rebecca Pidgeon,