This garden is way bigger than me!! It is way bigger than Alvin! It scares me silly!! HOWEVER I already know that I actually don't mind digging out weeds a little at a time. And I love the feel of soft warm black early on my hands. And I love the color of the flowers, and the different greens of the trees. We celebrated when the trees that we planted last year - all got buds on them. YAY!!! They survived our long winter!!
At this point there is so much to do. I know people have volunteered to garden - but I am not sure exactly how to put you to work yet. Unless you want to weed. I could give you a cold drink - and you could weed. Somehow that sounds like a deal that many would not jump to the pump for!!
Maxine came and planted the containers for our deck. She is going to come and work on the waterfall area too. It seems like so much, and yet I see how, when taken a few steps at a time, it is not so overwhelming. We look at the plan, and we dream. We look out the window and we dream. It is a work in progress.
Hmmm.... I wonder if that is how God sees us often? I think it is. None of us will every become perfect until we reach Heaven!! HOWEVER in the meantime, I know it is my desire, to grow to be more and more like HIM with each and every day. Sometimes I think I get stuck because perhaps I like where I am OR I get distracted, or complacent, or tired ... but then I am gently reminded how He is waiting to continue the journey with me.
I am so thankful that God never gives up on me!! And how he continues to search me and know me - when I sit and when I lay and when I stand!! God is so in love with me!! I am so thankful that He didn't put a timeline on me "Joy, you need to become mature and like me by this date" otherwise I would be SOOOOO in trouble.
However each day is a new day - and a chance to get into the Word more, to spend more time just talking with Jesus, to spend time meditating on who He is and how He has been so faithful - and to keep walking as He directs our paths! One step at a time!!
I am so thankful that HIS mercies toward us are NEW every morning and together we can say O LORD, OUR LORD - great is your faithfulness!!
So in the quietness of our home, I can retreat - with my bible, my journal, but really the most important thing is that I am with my LORD and I can spend time just being still and experiencing HIS presence, HIS voice and His touch on my life! O Lord - thank you.
In His Grip,
One day, when our garden is done, it will be such an amazing place of solitude - to spend time with God. I know that God loved gardens too - all you have to do is read Genesis about God walking in the garden of Eden in the cool of the evening!! (although I wonder if there were mosquitoes then!!) AND just one look at creation and you know that the Garden of Eden must have been amazing!! AND our garden will be too!! It is a work in progress!! We are thankful for Maxine who has planned it with His help!!