Cherry Blossoms and the Prophecy of Isaiah

I walked a couple of miles this week to see the blossom of the cherry trees. Denise and I were in Washington DC, she for a meeting, I, as a high-priced valet, bearing her bags – yes, to be honest, sometimes that is how it goes. One day, I walked a long walk from the hotel to the Washington Monument. The cherry blossoms were beaming with a brilliance that beckoned even the hardest of –hearts. I have visited Washington, DC several times, but I have never been there when the cherry blossoms were in bloom. It was a beautiful spectacular sight, but the more I reflected upon the majesty of the trees, I was reminded that they only bloom for about a week, then they resume to their normal look.

The beautiful cherry blossoms are like everything else in our world – beautiful for a moment, then fades away. Every culture in history has built buildings and structures, but for one reason or another they fade away. The Great Wall of China still stands, but the people who built it have gone to meet their maker. England, France and Spain and let us not forget Germany, all were great in their day, they are still magnificent countries, but their reach is much shorter now, than one hundred years ago. Chaka Zula was a warrior without parallel, but he is gone.

People come and people go, but there is one who never sleeps, never quits, never experiences defeat. From the rising of the sun to the setting of the same, Jesus is Lord! Cherry blossoms bloom, then shed their glory and look similar to other trees, but God is still on the throne, Jesus is with us day in and day out and the Word of God is still speaking!

Isaiah 40: 6   A voice says, “Cry out!”

And I said, “What shall I cry?”

All people are grass,

their constancy is like the flower of the field.

7    The grass withers, the flower fades,

when the breath of the Lord blows upon it;

surely the people are grass.

8    The grass withers, the flower fades;

but the word of our God will stand forever. [1]


Questions for Reflection:

  1. What are your thoughts regarding the permanent nature of God?
  2. What prophecies of Isaiah mean the most to you?


Prayer: Lord, your permanency is everlasting! People come, and people go, but your power, grace, mercy and love are without end! The flowers bloom with the dawning of the Spring, but their life is short lived. Rivers and streams rise and fall, but your love is consistent! Speak a word to me, Lord Jesus! Speak now and I will listen. Speak now and I will press on. Speak now and I will stretch, love and live life as you have ordained. Through Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior I pray. Amen.


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[1] The Holy Bible: New Revised Standard Version. (1989). (Is 40:6–8). Nashville: Thomas Nelson Publishers.