Monday, May 31, 2010

Lessons from my garden


Each day after my early morning walk, I meander around the garden, enjoying the colors and shapes and variety of God's creation. When my youngest granddaughter awakens she and I go outside again and talk about the beautiful things that God has made. She loves the fish in our little pond, and in fact that is one of her first words, "isss........."


This morning I sat down in the rocking chair, and as I looked out I was overcome with one of those rare instances of pure ecstasy. The sun's ray was peeking through the other side of the fence, beckoning me to snap its picture. I was reminded of our Lord Jesus, the Light of the World, the True Light that shines in the darkness, the Light of Glory. I love those precious times when my eyes alone behold that unique something, and I in the quiet of the day experience the pleasure of a timeless truth. My heart was filled with the joy of the Lord. Don't you love those special times?
I was reminded as I looked at the day lilies that Jesus used this sweet flower as a visual lesson for His disciples, when He said to them, "Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these." Matthew 6:33. He used this as an exhortation to seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and to give our worries to Him.


The sweet potato vine, I regret to say, is getting holes in it. This evening as I sat in my easy chair by the front window, I was dramatically reminded of the holes we leave in our own lives sometimes. It was very late, and I heard a loud noise in the street. A young man hit a parked truck on the side of the road. He was riding a motorcycle, and as far as I'm concerned, that was hole #1. We ran outside and saw him lying on the street bleeding from his head. Hole #2--no helmet. As we tried to talk to him while we waited for the ambulance, it was pretty obvious that he was at the least inebriated--hole #3.

Sometimes in my own failures to live as I should, leaving holes that need to be fixed, I am so very grateful that in the instant that I recognize it to be true, God has made provision for me to patch up those holes and press on. "If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness." 1 John 1:9 The Lord is in the business of patching holes if only we allow Him in.

Creation has much to teach us about the ways of its Maker.



I'm Linking to:

An Oregon Cottage
http://www.anoregoncottage.com/2010/06/tuesday-garden-party-5th-edition.html

A Southern Daydreamer
http://asoutherndaydreamer.blogspot.com/

Always nesting
http://alwaysnesting.blogspot.com/2010/06/woo-hoo-wednesday-week-7.html

Heart and Home
http://heidi-heartandhome.blogspot.com/



16 comments:

B Lines

Wow, just.....WOW. Every time I see a ray of sunlight beam down like that, I think of God's beautiful creation. As beautiful as these are, and the flowers as well, Heaven must be more than our eyes can hold.

Holes in our lives... I like that metaphor.

B Lines

Thanks for your comment on my blog. My mom is doing great. Nothing stops her for long. I'm afraid the day the Lord calls her home, she'll argue that she hasn't finished mowing the lawn yet... HA!

The Thrifty Designer

A great lesson for us all. So thankful that when we have "holes" in our lives, HE is faithful and just to forgive our sins!

zentmrs

Your garden is gorgeous! And you have a great lesson to share with us today. Thanks!

Ott, A.

Stopping by from Tuesday Garden party. Your garden is beautiful and I can see why you use it for your time of quiet reflection. Thank you for sharing hte pictures.

Jami

Wise lessons from a beautiful garden- thanks for sharing at the Tuesday Garden Party!

HOOTIN' ANNI

Absolutely beautiful...your garden reflects your inner being.

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Cranberry Morning

Beautiful garden. We seem to be interested in the same things, one of which is the joy in God's creation. :-)

Ann

First time I've visited your blog. Beautiful pictures of your flowers and I love the fact you see all the beauty through the eyes of Jesus. I love meeting people who love the same things I do. I'm now a follower.

Always Nesting

I love this post. Beautiful photos with beautiful, heartfelt words. Thank you so much for linking this post to Woo Hoo! Wednesday.

The Paint Splash

What a beautiful blog! My sister sent me over, she just became a follower today too! Absolutely love your verses you use to bring glory to Jesus.

Paula

Your garden is beautiful. Thank yo for sharing your thoughts and feelings from your heart today. Paula from Idaho

Heidi

Very lovely, such beautiful images and wonderful thoughts. Your feelings echo mine although I don't voice them in the same way! Thanks for sharing and for linking to Wednesday Gratitude today.
XO
Heidi -Heart and Home

Cindy

Your analogy really fits. Your garden is so pretty with the sunrays hitting the hydrangia and the hostas, really lovely. Thanks.

bettyl

Sometimes I have to think that He sends a flash of beauty just for me. It's so comforting to know that there is truly a Creator behind everything. Thanks for sharing.

Nanna

what a wonderful & refreshing post, thank you for being an insterment for the Lord, beautiful breath taking yard!
Helen

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