Here's what's growing in my front flowerbed right now:
Chrysanthemums, of course. It's October.
And gardenias, of course. What? Gardenias? No, that's not right. Gardenias bloom in June. Yet here they are, blooming like crazy in October.
This incongruity has been driving me crazy. I don't think gardenias are supposed to be blooming right now. That's not the way it's supposed to work. I guess it's been so warm that the poor things don't know what they're supposed to do. They're confused, and they're confusing me.
Or maybe these beautiful plants are just getting one last chance to shine before they take their long winter's nap. Maybe, just maybe, I ought to be grateful for the beauty they supply in my life, and not worry about the fact that this is not supposed to happen. Maybe this is just a special gift from God. After all, He's big enough and powerful enough to take care of these plants even if they're confused. Maybe He can make things all right even when they seem hopelessly tangled.
And maybe He can do that for me, too.
"Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they toil not, neither do they spin. And yet I say unto you that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these" (Matthew 6:28-29).