I have been sitting under the shade of a tree planted years ago. The comforts I find here are familiar, even though the day is new. The breeze hugs my skin and its gentle touch gives me goosebumps. I feel both young and old at the same time. More than anything, I feel grateful. Grateful for simply being here.


Here.


Here is made of places and people I have experienced. Here is a pocket of seeds to take with me into days yet lived. Here was once the day I prayed about sitting in the shade of another tree planted years ago. I could not have imagined when I first moved to our community that some of the relationships cultivated in vulnerability would bring me unshakable comfort now. But God knew.


I could not have imagined that some of the goofy pictures I took on my phone are of loved ones whom I can no longer call. They are in Heaven, but their contact name, number and smile are still recorded on my phone. Their love still brings me comfort. Their smile still brings me joy. God knew they were more than just passing through. He knew they were going to stay with me for the whole of my life.


Only God knows how many shade trees are scattered upon my field of yellow baked by the sun and cooled by the moon - cycles of loving, learning and longing for home. Only God knows how far I have still to journey and with whom I will journey along the way. But I am here, for now.


Now.


Now, in this moment, I pray to scatter seeds of vivid love in the fields of those who cross my path on their way home. Like those who have traveled beside me, each seed rooted in my life by another has been scattered by the hands of someone who gifted me a lesson, positive or negative (or, more likely, both). The sun and moon cycle upon us all, and time passes through regardless of how we receive what and who is before us today. For it is the shared collection of here and now which comprise a whole life.


A whole life is made of varied colors and blooms — a combined contribution of journeys leading us home. With scarred hands and hearts, what we plant today has the capability of gifting comfort in another’s tomorrow. In our pursuit to follow Christ, we have the opportunity to scatter seeds of hope, love, forgiveness and joy. God goes before us, already knowing which seeds will take root in the lives of people we know or may never meet. God knows which of our best and worst days will one day offer a testimony of peace for another – a shady spot to rest. We must ask ourselves, “What seeds are we scattering?”


It is not up to us to fix the condition of the situation, soul, or soil before we scatter seeds of love. It is up to us to offer what we have received, grace upon grace, with faith and fortitude. Perhaps a kind word said years ago will return to a lonely ear and provide a gentle hug to a hurting soul. Or maybe a sunny smile shared will be recorded in a memory revisited a million times over on rainy days. You never know. But God knows. God knows how important it is for you to be who He called you to be – here and now.


Here. Now.


“Do everything in love” (1 Corinthians 16:14).


SGLY, dear reader.


(Smile, God Loves You.)


Tiffany Kaye Chartier is a Christian Author and opinion columnist. Submit feedback and connect for more soul lifts on Facebook: Tiffany Kaye Chartier; Instagram:@tiffanysgly; and Twitter: @tiffanychartier. The views and opinions expressed here are the author’s own and do not necessarily reflect those of Texoma Marketing and Media Group.