Thursday, June 01, 2017
For The Stuck Amongst Us
"See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland." ... Isaiah 43:19
So for a year I'd near our house during my walks, glance at the rhododendron bush in my Herb & Etc. Garden and think, "Yuck. That weak, spindly-looking thing is bringin' down the whole flower bed. Maybe the whole house(!) Sigh."
Finally I concentrated, focused on finding a different place for the rhododendron (not an easy task here).
Then this morning I added two feet to my Farm Garden Bed, dug a hole for ol' Rhodie, dumped in homemade compost then plop! Sat her down, sprinkled her with more compost then replaced the bricks, spread newspapers over the remaining area, then covered them with more compost.
Then I stood back--and gasped.
Ol' Rhodie looked healthy, green and beautiful there against the shepherd's staff and fence! A miracle. An instantaneous, before-my-eyes transformation. Finally, she was no longer a disappointment.
After four years, Rhodie landed in the place which suited her, specifically, made her useful to my yard and brought out her best features. And made her shine.
Yes, there's a lesson in that.
Sometimes our vague restlessness comes not from being weak or deficient or not-good-enough. Rather, we just stayed planted when God said, "Pull up your roots! I've created something new for you and Me together."
But instead, we remained mired down in the trappings of --
...the safe, traditional, I've-got-it-memorized way.
... the blame-my-boring-life-on-someone-else way.
... the God-doesn't-even-have-to-show-up-cuz-I-can-do-anything-this-way, way.
But oh, how much better to, like Rhodie, brave a new place, a different way, where one shines. Not even by changing who she is, exactly, but instead, switching where she placed her roots, her obedience, her trust...
... and starting a whole new bright season with God on the same ol' dark planet.
"Are you waiting on God or is God waiting on you?" ... copied
"If we're not where we need to be its because we took a wrong turn somewhere, or we're sitting still when we should be moving. Its not God's fault." ... Patrick Spydell
Here's a cool house not redecorated since the 1960's(!) My, my, my... Loved it.
Did you enjoy The Carol Burnett Show? If so, here are lots of hilarious clips to watch.
Oh! And this absolutely amazed me yesterday. Made my day, my week, my whole month. What a sweet, talented cutie-pie and frankly? I feel God purposely places such big talent into these little ones so to encourage our hearts, especially during these dark, divisive days.