That same day Jesus went out of the house and sat by the lake. Such large crowds gathered around him that he got into a boat and sat in it, while all the people stood on the shore. Then he told them many things in parables, saying, "A farmer went out to sow his seed. As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path, and the birds came and ate it up. Some fell on rocky places, where it did not have much soil. I sprang up quickly, because the soil was shallow. But when the sun came up, the plants were scorched, and they withered because they had no root. Other seed fell among the thorns, which grew up and choked the plants. Still other seed fell on good soil, where it produced a crop - a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown. Whoever has ears, let them hear."
As our home is nestled in the woods and shade during the summer months, there are few plants and flowers we can nurture and grow to add life and color to our deck. But every spring my husband, Danny, does his best to bring home prospective cheer-makers from our local big-box store fro me to plant in pots which we trust will encourage their growth, and make our summer relaxation times on our deck one of endless surprise and delight.
We purposefully place the plants in good soil, Miracle-Gro to be exact. But shortly after these photos are snapped, the Foxglove sags and requires pruning. One of the impatiens shows no sign of new and swelling buds. The daisies, a Mother's Day gift, wilt and fade, leaving us to wonder, even though we have judiciously removed the dying blossoms, if they will bloom once more this season.
More questions than answers.
More doubts than faith.
We do our best, don't we? In all the challenges laid before us, we rise up and strive to do and be the best we can be for God's sake. But there are times when we simply have to sit back and take stock, knowing our efforts have been exercised in great faith, but that the outcome of such is beyond our control.
Times when we remember: Everything is in God's hands.
May it be His will that the flowers bloom and the plants thrive!
Do you have a "green thumb" when it comes to gardening? Would love to hear how you are planting the seeds in this world for Christ Jesus.
Prayer: Father, may we plant seed of love and healing in Your name wherever we go. Let us nurture those in need, water them with prayer, and be the sunshine in their lives. All this we ask in Jesus' name. Amen.