A couple of unrelated thoughts from my gardens.
Several weeks ago I purchased a couple of decorative shrubs at a year-end closeout sale. Because of the time of the year and as dry as it is this summer, I knew that I would have to do some extra watering.
One of the bushes thrived from the beginning. The other drooped.
What to do? Do I keep watering? Or start over? It was bad enough that I looked to see if the same retailer had another one for a replacement. No luck.
I continued to water.
In just the last few days, here it comes. Looking better and more alive all the time. I was close to pulling it up. Now I think it is going to survive and thrive.
THOUGHT: Even when someone in our lives (maybe ourselves) looks a little tired or droopy, it might be time to keep watering and believing in what we don't see at the moment.
I plant and care for a 30' x 2' concrete planter in Clarion annually.
This year there a red, white, and blue (aka purple) petunias.
I noted a few weeks ago that at the end of the planter, a marigold was beginning to grow.
I didn't pull it out when I weeded.
Now there is a bright yellow flower in the midst of the patriotic floral colors.
THOUGHT: We are to bloom where we are planted.......and maybe where we aren't!
A short thought sent by sister Jill last night:
"Your life is a garden.
Your thoughts are the seeds.
If your life isn't awesome, you've been watering the weeds!"
Dear Father in Heaven, thank You that You continue to water us and believe in us; maybe at times when we don't believe in ourselves. Sometimes we are 'transplanted' to places we would rather not be. But we can bloom there just as well. Keep our thoughts on You; not on the weeds of useless thoughts designed to bring us down. Today is a good day to walk, to smile, to enjoy the life which You have given to us. In Jesus' Name. Amen.