In the Garden

I was looking out at my garden after watering today. My trellis is leaning under the weight of the California orange jasmine breaking through and shoving it forward precariously. My pillows piled up high on the love seat under the patio, (from when I brought them to safety before a storm). Unusable because of the nest of mourning doves sitting on top, and the one remaining fledgling that survived still can’t be disturbed yet. The cushions unmatched, red and some replaced with blue because of a miscreant Belgian Malinois puppy. A mishmash of pot colors and sizes with different plants of seemingly no design, yet they still bring me much joy. There is a faint scent of jasmine in the air as I water and it brings a Scripture to mind.

Now thanks be to God who always leads us in triumph in Christ, and through us diffuses the fragrance of His knowledge in every place.  For we are to God the fragrance of Christ among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing.  To the one we are the aroma of death leading to death, and to the other the aroma of life leading to life. And who is sufficient for these things?  For we are not, as so many, peddling the word of God; but as of sincerity, but as from God, we speak in the sight of God in Christ. 2 Cor 2:14-17

Who is sufficient for these things?

Certainly not me, not without Him.

The iron hummingbird feeder bobs a little from the freshly filled liquid awaiting a guest or two. The bougainvillea in the pot is bright fuchsia, but has (disappointingly) stayed one height since I planted a couple years ago. I keep hoping for some growth but it was likely planted in the wrong place. However, I think on the metaphor in our growth sometimes as believers. We can be planted in the wrong place to grow, maybe the wrong gardener tending us. Or many weeds around us. But when we are looking towards the Son and getting our water from the Word (Eph 5:26), we will grow again.

The oppressive heat of our Arizona summer came rushing in like a herd of stampeding buffalo. Dry and overwhelming, so not even sure if or how long some of these plants will survive. My poor purple Jacaranda tree — (purported to be fast-growing), stands at the same height and breadth as last year (or so it seems to me). Again, it is as  if a parallel of several times in my life where I didn’t seem to budge. But thankfully, He never leaves us or forsakes us. Some seasons, maybe our roots need to deepen, or we may requiring pruning or extra water. Even if the outside world doesn’t see the difference in our growth, when we cooperate with Him, things are changing where they need to be (John 8:31-32).

All these things testify that I just do not have a green thumb, nor will I qualify for a home and garden shoot. 🙂 But I still enjoy my garden such as it is — even though I had to replace most of the plants that I couldn’t keep alive from the previous year. And I live vicariously through looking at the wonderful pictures of my FB friend’s well tended gardens. I can’t imagine what it will be like one day (1 Cor 2:9).

But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.

The plastic hummer wind ornament (a gift from a child), intermittently goes from a dead standstill to busily whirling purple wings (when the wind swoops over the hill, bringing little yellow flowers with it — from my Palos Verde tree). Reminds me of the Holy Spirit spoken by Jesus in John 3:6-8

That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Do not marvel that I said to you, ‘You must be born again.’  

The wind blows where it wishes, and you hear the sound of it, but cannot tell where it comes from and where it goes. So is everyone who is born of the Spirit.”

A shadow that lengthens

God laid the foundation of the earth, and the heavens are the work of His hands. Yet we know they shall perish even though God and His Word will endure. Psalm 102 says they wax old like a garment, and they will be changed like we change our clothing.

I love the words from vs. 11,

Our days are like a shadow that lengthens, and we wither away like grass, but God is the same, (yesterday, today and forever), He is eternal.

Brings this passage to mind:

“All flesh is as grass,

And all the glory of man as the flower of the grass.

The grass withers, And its flower falls away,

But the word of the Lord endures forever.” 1 Pet 1:24-25

It is appointed unto each man to die, then the judgment

Every single person will die. But those of us who have believed upon Jesus Christ as our Savior, have been born again of an incorruptible seed, which is the Word of God (1 Pet 1:23). That new man will never perish, and does not sin (Please see this short video for an explanation). Our old man does sin and will until the day we die (Rom 7:15-25). One day we will live eternally with Him, given a new body which will never fade away. If you are a believer, spend some time with the One who will properly prune, water and tend to all who are His.

If you do not know Him, please, before it’s too late, consider what He has done in great love for you (John 15:13). Every single human being has sinned (missed God’s perfect mark) in rebellion against Him — our Creator. Some have sinned by not believing He is who He said He was. Others by believing in a different god, or including themselves or their good works as part of getting them to heaven (which is the basis of most religions). But we have all sinned. All of us, and the payment for that? Death. Sin causes death, eternal separation from God (Rom 3:23; 6:23).

  • God loved the world so much, that He sent His only begotten Son (God in the flesh) to pay for our sins. In great love He laid down His life in our place. He was the perfect sacrifice, sinless and without spot. His death on the cross, His shed blood, were the price paid in full for our forgiveness. He rose again from the dead (as the Scriptures foretold, witnessed by many), guaranteeing us eternal life. All of our sins were forgiven on His cross, if you will only believe upon Him for that free gift of everlasting life. If you’d like to know more, please click here.

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