I live in a house built in 1920 that has a normal (read small) city-sized lot. Over the years, I’ve expanded my flower beds into a large flower garden. I’m pretty much a failure at vegetables. I like to think my yard has an English-cottage-garden feel, but it might not actually hold up to that definition. I just plant what I find pretty and that brings me joy.
I purchased my new camera in October. I decided not to do the fall clean-up of the garden so that I would have a few extra “subjects” to photograph through our long Ohio winter. These birds would be in the garage right now. They probably wish they were.
It’s not a new concept by any means, but I find that my garden can run parallel to my spiritual life. Weeds left untended become huge root-deep problems that can cause pain during removal. Sometimes, the weeds unearth good “fruit.” Even the good, healthy plants need pruning. When left to their own devices, they can grow too big and overtake the space other plants need to develop.
It’s all a balancing act that needs daily tending from the Gardener who loves and cares for us. And after all of that pruning and digging and weeding – even in the dead of Winter – beauty remains.
Feel free to pin or share this meme of Matt. 10:29-31 with someone.
My inspiration for the title of this post comes from Audrey Assad’s beautiful song “Even the Winter.”
Very good thoughts. I like how you mentioned that even good things can be bad if they take up too much of our time. (Well, not in so many words, but that’s what I got out of it!) I need to keep this in mind tomorrow and every day.
Anyways, I shared on my blog’s FB page here: https://www.facebook.com/17HourDays
Thank you so much for sharing this on your fb page! I also appreciate your telling me what you took away from the post. Knowing that it spoke to you makes me so happy. I need to remember it, too!
Such beautiful thoughts!
Thank you, Barbie. I appreciate your visit and encouragement! 😀
I really enjoyed this post and your beautiful photography. God has taught me so much about Himself through my attempts to garden. I love how He speaks about His character through His creation.
Thank you for commenting, Charity. You’ve stated beautifully how He sometimes teaches us. His creation shows us so much about Him!