Cherry Blossoms around Jefferson Memorial

Cherry Blossoms around Jefferson Memorial

A fun part about living close to DC is all the free things DC has to offer…the museums, monuments and beautiful scenery. Every year around April, loads of people flock to the city to see the cherry blossoms. Last year, Brian was living here and I flew out for Easter, but the cherry blossoms weren’t blooming just yet. They had started, but weren’t in their full bloom. This year, Brian and I thought it would be a fun (and romantic) idea to catch the sunrise at the Tidal Basin. Apparently we weren’t the only ones with this brilliant idea. We woke up at 5:30am on a Thursday morning and by the time we arrived, there was no place left to park. We couldn’t believe it. Gratefully we were planning to head to the city in a few days for the Easter sunrise service at the Lincoln Memorial so alas, I finally had my chance to see these babies in full bloom.

I’m glad we saw them when we did because shortly after that day, northern Virginia (or NOVA as the locals call it) was bombarded with gusts of raging wind. Petals from the flowers were being ripped from the trees, leaving behind the memory of their beauty and a longing for next year.

Up Close Photo of the Cherry Blossoms

Up Close Photo of the Cherry Blossoms

The other week at our FCA weekly meeting, one of the staff asked a great question to kick off the evening. He asked the athletes, “How do you want to be remembered?” That was a great question for me to consider. Being married to a military man, our time here in NOVA will not last. Eventually, like the cherry blossom petals, we’ll be swept away as the government moves us off to another location. Our time here will be short, but I want to make it a beautiful time. I want to look back on these days and remember the beauty of this time. I want to remember the joys (and pains) of our first year of marriage. I want to remember our church community who have embraced me. I want to remember the Cru staff who have accepted me 100% as a part of their team. Most importantly, I want to look back and see how the athletes at George Mason have grown in their faith and wait for the seeds they begin to sow on campus to take root and bloom (yet unlike the cherry blossoms, never blowing away).

Knowing that you have a short time in one place gives you a sense of urgency to experience everything you can and take advantage of the gifts all around you. Lately, I’ve had more of an urgency to help others to grow in their faith and be equipped to share their faith with others. Being in full time missions you’d think I would always have that urgency, but there’s always been this sense of, “I’ll get to that.” In all actuality, we really don’t know how much time we have. Eventually, our time on earth will end.

Second Corinthians 2:15 says, For we are to God the pleasing aroma of Christ among those who are being saved and those who are perishing.

How do you want to be remembered? What fragrance to you want to leave behind? And what are you doing today to help make that happen?

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