As another Sunday winds down to an end and the sunrise of a new week is on it's way, I can not help but marvel at the beauty of ice. It has a way of halting mankind in a way no other weather can. Today was another morning of churches everywhere shutdown. Tree limbs glistening and sidewalks shimmering can stir anyone's cabin fever! Today, I set aside my bible journaling and celebrated God in a different manner. Instead, I began to plan our summer gardens so we can enjoy the fruits of fresh food in the months to come. It can be quite the meticulous joy of learning what plants grow best with what, which plants love certain foods, need more or less water, rocky, sandy, or wet soils. Then there's full sun, part sun or full shade lovers to consider where to plant for each to thrive! I am reminded, that like plants, each of us have different needs and paths for us to thrive as believers in Christ. We all have our own fruits and talents which need unique cultivation to become the best fruits we can offer. It's up to us to plant seeds where they need to be planted for best growth, but do we do this for our neighbors too?
"For as the earth brings forth its sprouts, and as a garden causes what is sown in it to sprout up, so the Lord God will cause righteousness and praise to sprout up before all the nations. – Isaiah 61:11"
"The LORD will guide you always; he will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land and will strengthen your frame. You will be like a well-watered garden, like a spring whose waters never fail. - Isaiah 58:11"
While I may not always be able to physically make a difference to help others in their walk, I can lift you up in prayer for God to make your paths known to you. In the meantime, I'll also keep my gardening skills in prayer for my thumb is not always the right shade of green. Although, perhaps, I'll take a few of my calligraphy lessons from February's book Hand Lettering God's Love by Margaret Feinburg and at least make my garden plans fancy while I dream of warmer weather working in God's green creation. Icicles may be beautiful, but planting season is upon us!
What is your favorite summer produce? The first produce of the season for us is lettuce and radish, but fresh, sun-ripened tomatoes with just picked herbs is at the top of my list!