A morning glory bud bursts forth in the early light of the day, displaying a beautiful flower that stretches toward the sun. The vine and the leaves all lead up to this particular morning when the flower reveals itself.

By lunchtime, the flower has receded. It has come and gone in a matter of hours.

When the Bible talks about glory, it means something’s essence being revealed. The glory of the morning glory is a flower that shines forth in radiant beauty for just a couple of hours.

We are cosmic morning glories. Our time from birth to death is brief. And our essence is a representation of the sun, the source of life. We flash into existence for a brief time with a finite number of opportunities to make the most of our time.

Unlike the flowers, we have the ability to choose. Choice is the heart of our essence. And our brief time in the sun is an opportunity to make decisions, to steward an existence one way or the other. We cannot add or decrease God’s glory – His essence is always what it is. But through our choices we reveal our own essence, either as a participant in The Kingdom of God or an adversary.

You have budded and bloomed. You are in your prime. Your brief existence is underway, and your choices are before you.

“The life of mortals is like grass, they flourish like a flower of the field; the wind blows over it and it is gone, and its place remembers it no more. But from everlasting to everlasting the Lord’s love is with those who fear him.”
– Psalm 103: 15-17