Greetings and Holykisses,
There they sat, in a huddled heap... away from all thee other plants.
The way they were arranged, and wore those big, red stickers; well,... they looked like death row.
These petunias had been carelessly handled; disheveled... -- and then ...labeled: less than.
Reduced. Marked down.
Some would pass them by. But I couldn't just leave them there. :)
In this photo, they're looking much better than the day I brought them home. Their roots were pulled... leaving them unsturdy and toppling, so I added a little fertile soil. A little tlc, a cup of water, and left to rest on a sunny shelf they're now making a come back.
Today, they'll get PLANTED.
Just thee other day, I read a funny question on one of the garden sites I frequent. They asked people if they ever feel guilty for buying too many plants? I laughed out loud as I read comments. Gardening can be an addiction for some. One lady said she always pays with cash and never leaves a paper trail. lol Some hide their flowers until they can plant them in secret. Thankfully, I don't think I have a "problem." lol Do any of you?
Today, I may start painting the new "flower bed." It'll get a fresh white wash, so it matches the Peony bed. I have no idea where to put it yet, or what to plant in it for certain. It's just setting over the cucumbers right now;.... waiting for me to get some gumption.
When I went out this morning, this lil flower had bloomed. I don't know the correct name, but they remind me of surprise lilies; but are much smaller. They pop up out of nowhere so fast!
"Consider how the lilies grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you, not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these." Luke 12:27
These are the little calla lilies I'd recently discovered hidden in the peony bed. Having their roots compromised, and lacking sunshine from their giants: the towering peonies-.... they were nearly goners. Transplanting them has given them new life.
I've thought of these plants alot this week. It's amazing what you learn from God through gardening. Being strongly rooted and getting planted is important. Like seeds; in Christ, we're planted- never buried.
This picture was taken this morning of our little pea patch. The metal fence post on the left is as tall as me- about 5'4"- if I really stretch. These peas are almost as tall! Just goes to show; with strong support... there's no tellin how high we can grow. "It is God that girdeth me with strength, and maketh my way perfect. He maketh my feet like hinds feet, and setteth me upon my high places. " Psalm 18: 32-33
As I did morning chores, I watched this broody lil hen. She's been setting on her eggs so faithfully. I don't know how old she is, but... she's gettin on up there, and has served us so well.
You can tell, she's weathered a few storms in her life, and yet she just keeps on keepin on. She still bearing fruit in her old age; refusing to quit. I don't know how many chicks she'll hatch... but the point seems rather that she continues to do her best.
As I entered my quiet time this morning with God, I was ... --struggling to find the right word.
Not discontented... or exactly discouraged.... -- still can't find the word. Let's just go with:
I was "feeling" a little less than. Maybe marked down.
My roots were tapped. I was disheveled. Pulled down...--
Knowing that we're to live not by our feelings however, but by what Christ says re- ROOTS me.
With 24 hours in every day, life is a continual journey. Circumstances can and will happen, and satan will use them to reduce or uproot us all together. If we're not rooted deeply,... we wither.
Of all the things to encourage me today, was this colorful squash blossom.
As I walked past the row of crookneck and zucchini plants, I couldn't help but notice this brilliant yellow flower. Looking closer, I realized how complex it really is. Today, we may see just a squash blossom. But thee unseen.... holds such hope. Looking at this squash blossom today, you don't see the loaf of chocolate chip zucchini bread that it was planted in the hopes to become. In much the same way, our lives hold hidden and unseen purposes that God created us for.
Who would ever imagine this flower to become sweet bread? Being well rooted, and planted, it will continue to bloom and bear much fruit. Possible- to be fashioned from a seed, to a flower, to a huge fruit, and into a loaf of sweet dessert. Day after day, it will change to grow into something wonderful to wonderful.
Definitely not reduced.
I encourage you today, to stay planted and strongly rooted.
On our own we are nothing.
But in Him, anything is possible.
For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Jeremiah 29:11
Have a wonderful day!