His mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. Lamentations 3:22-23
If you walk down the sidewalk to my front door in Manoa, a tree blooms at the edge. The flowers are a beautiful deep pink, and I imagine them blooming ever prettier each year. A stranger passing by might consider it to be a lovely crepe myrtle.
I’ve been told it was planted in memory of a certain young lady named Lily. What was meant simply to be a memorial, however, has turned into a constant reminder of God’s faithfulness. No matter how strong the rains are, or hot the sun bears down, the tree blooms. When it started to overtake the sidewalk, my roommate pruned it back the first week I arrived. I thought perhaps he had cut too much, but 6 weeks later it bloomed even lovelier than it had when I first arrived to admire it.
When God calls me to leave next month, I’ll walk past the lily tree one final time and remember the infernal heat, but also all the beauty that graced my time in Hawaii. And I’ll be able to enjoy this photo of that tree in all of its beautiful pink glory, and I’ll be reminded that God is forever faithful.
The next time you’re out driving around or taking a walk admiring someone’s lovely landscaping, stop for a moment and take it all in. You might be admiring a flowering tree planted as a memorial, and I pray it reminds you of God’s love for you.