The weather has been stunning lately: light streaming through a gray, cloudy sky; birds chirping as flowers begin to bloom on the trees; crisp winds blowing my hair, and a million other little details I sometimes forget to notice. The other day my mom and I decided to take a walk and breathe in all the beauty around us. It was a clear afternoon, and there are some trees a few streets down from my house that looked especially radiant. They only have flowers for a short snippet of time each year, but when they bloom they make the street look like a magical wonderland. White blossoms pop out from slender green branches, creating an elegant look reminiscent of Anne Shirley’s “White Way of Delight.” As we walked, suddenly this atrocious smell assaulted us. We looked at each other in disgust as we realized, “It’s the trees!” Those beautiful flowers gave off such a terrible odor we walked as fast as we could past the deceivingly delightful trees. So much for our peaceful stroll. However ridiculous, it reminded me of how people and situations can be. From a safe distance away (such as in the car on the way to rehearsal or class), the trees looked beautiful and begged me to stop what I was doing and walk through them. Sometimes opportunities or situations we have to pass up because of our schedules lure us with that same wistfulness. However, they aren’t all they seem. Sometimes what looks beautiful might actually smell nasty and not be what God intended for us. Maybe we can actually trust that the God of the Universe’s plan is better than ours. 😉 So whatever this Wednesday holds for you, be it work, school, a midterm, practice, rehearsal…let’s enjoy what God has given us and not wish for something that isn’t in his plan. And if you see any flowering blossoms….cover your nose and walk quickly.