Balance and sure-footedness have never been constant companions. But they are more frequently AWOL in this season, spring, when I want to be putzing in the garden.
I need support today for sure. Maybe you do, too, dear reader.
Everywhere I look I see continuing craziness; except in the recently cleaned flower beds . . .
There, I see the jolly waves from the winter pansies and some perennials — I even see that a potted Gerber daisy is coming back. (Or, a hearty weed )
I am, however, a little nervous about the knock-out roses which I trimmed severely a few weeks back.
What a brace and banister nature is — when we humans can be unpredictably violent and merciless.
“. . . [N]ature is very important. It is [often described] with words like glory and awe and wonder — those things that nature provides us.” Philip Yancey
Consider the Lilies of the Field is good advice worth remembering when the trouble presses in, eh?
Some days, the ways in which we can defy God — or suffer from other people’s defiance overwhelms me.
Where is God?
The recent study in Revelation showed me He is about His business — with the horsemen and the angels; the bowls and the trumpets.
When we read the last chapters, I had to ask myself, and out loud:
Which is easier to believe, that:
Christ walked out of that tomb Easter morning, or
We who believe He is Lord have a hope and a future beyond words? (John 20; Revelation 21)
Neither — but there they are — my brace and banister today. I hope they support you.
Holy week is a time to recalibrate — to ask GOD to recalibrate —what feels like troubles are extinguishing.
Frederick Buechner wrote:
Faith is better understood as a verb than as a noun, as a process than as a possession.*
So, I checked the front window lights, a.k.a Christmas lights. They’d burned out; we replaced them.
At night it’s nice to see light twinkle in the dark — even as the Christmas is past.
It’s a way of saying God is light, even when no one asked.
Buechner also pointed out, according to Paul Tillich, that doubt isn’t the opposite of faith; it is an element of faith.
So is prayer — and gratitude: an even better brace and banister.
And today, Lord willing, I will plant oh so many sunflower seeds.
*Quote of the Day — from Frederick Buechner
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