Hi friends! This has been a bit of a stressful week for me. I’ve been busy with work, busy with house work, busy with studying, busy with that FREAKING garden trellis, and busy with a few other events and odds and ends. I feel like there is not enough time in the day, and I’ve been letting those stresses and anxieties of the world get to me. I know I am not alone in these moments. So this week in order to refresh my soul and reset I’m doing something different. I’m going to just sit and enjoy my garden. I want to enjoy the last flowers before fall steals them away, and I want to share them with y’all too.
I chose a verse to dwell on while I was just being still. It might not be as familiar to most, but I felt it jump out at me especially as I was staring at my garden.
Job 12:7-10 But ask the animals, and they will teach you, or the birds in the sky, and they will tell you; or speak to the earth, and it will teach you, or let the fish in the sea inform you. Which of all these does not know that the hand of the Lord has done this? In his hand is the life of every creature and the breath of all mankind (NIV).
I have learned so much during my time in my garden, listening to my plants. Sometimes those voices might be of death and despair, but they always tell me what they need. They might need more water or less water, more sun, more food, or even protection from pests. I’ve gotten better at listening to my plants and reaching them before it’s too late, but I haven’t been great at listening to my soul and knowing what it needs. It’s usually not until I’m at my wits end before I realize my soul needs tending. I could be pulling out my hair over a project, yelling at my husband, or on rare occasions having a panic attack before I realize I have neglected my soul. Just as with my garden I need to work on consistent care for myself. This week that meant being still and diving into God’s word. This verse spoke to me because when I was younger I found the best way I worshiped God was in nature. I would go on 5 mile hikes just to clear my mind and marvel at His creation. Even if it was the same trail I could always find something new and breathtakingly beautiful. Now as I sit in my garden I not only marvel at the plants and tiny insects, but I’m thankful for my hands, my ability, and the passion God has given me to help cultivate these extraordinary works of art. If y’all can, I encourage you to take some time this week and be outside while the weather is cooling down and just be still and marvel at the incredible works of art around you.
As always I would love to hear from y’all and see the last of the summer blooms from your gardens. Thanks y’all! 🙂