The 2016 season of pollen here in Sumter, SC has been amazing. Never in my life have I seen so much of it. Everywhere we look, there is this yellow substance.
It gathers on the ground.
It gathers on vehicles.
It makes eyes water and noses sneeze.
Do you know how many people I've heard say they are happy about pollen? None. Zero.
And yet, pollen serves a purpose. As it passes from the male part of a flower (the stamen) to the female part (the pistol), it enables new flowers and plants to grow. A floral website tells us "without pollination a flower cannot reproduce."
We were in a prayer meeting on Wednesday morning of this week when I suddenly felt led to thank God for the pollen. Why? Even though it messes up cars and stirs up allergy problems, it also leads to the creation of new plant life and beauty. The end result is truly wonderful.
Some things we experience in life are not very pleasant in the early stages. They can try our patience for a season. But the end result can be fantastic and beautiful. Much like pollen, difficulties can lead to something great eventually.
In 1 Thessalonians 5:18, Paul encouraged us to "give thanks in all circumstances." We can always find something for which to be thankful. Even when it comes to pollen, we can have a heart full of gratitude. Why? Because God has a perfect agenda, and He can bring something wonderful out of something difficult.
Always remember to count your blessings and give thanks to your Heavenly Father. He's doing something good even when it may not seem like it. He has a plan in mind, and He works things out for the right reason, in the right way, at the right time.