A Spring Visual
A grand visual greeted me: the Bradford pears and other flowering trees, set against the still barren trees. Perhaps, it will be an inspiration for a painting? What a delight; less than a month ago, all were covered with heavy wet snow.
A great gift was the unfolding of a wonderful spring day, and realizing the old body was willing to cooperate and let me start playing in the dirt. I had a fine time!
A Greater Gift
A greater gift was enjoying the companionship and help of our oldest grandchild, who also likes to play in dirt. I thanked God for the blessing of just observing her enthusiasm. She planted some perennials in a new shady bed; dug the spot for a rose bush, and set the LED lights along the garden path.
Seeing new life burst forth rejuvenates. So does being a part of planting for growth in our flowerbeds and grandchildren – each one.
What a gift – an Ebenezer . . . in times that are confusing, cruel, and complicated.
We are the first nation to starve to death in a storehouse that’s overfilled with everything we want. ~ Will Rogers, who said that 90 years ago!
Still, I never imagined the times our kids, or their children, face.
Although having lived through the times I have, and believing what I say I believe about man, one might wonder where my brain was!
A Reality Check
You can’t run away from trouble. There ain’t no place that far. ~Uncle Remus
But, here’s the hope I hang on to: Powerlessness to prevent trouble doesn’t mean uselessness in its midst. I can pray, because I’ve been invited commanded to pray, for each and all. (1 Thessalonians 5:17)
And the Person to whom I pray – to whom I submit – understands trouble, and loves the people for whom I plead better than I do.
A Prayer Worth Praying — with Shameless Audacity*
Therefore asking God to be with my children and their children isn’t whistling past a graveyard. It’s asking Him for a greater gift. – Himself in the midst of the messes into which we all get ourselves!
“I realized that God’s presence in trouble has been far better than the absence of trouble without him. ” (What if Evil Does Befall Me?)
*A helpful link on prayer The Motivation to Pray