It's been a while since we strolled through the garden. Since so many of you are knee deep in winter I thought a Saturday morning walk through the garden was the perfect way to remember that Spring is just around the corner.
Truth be told, there isn't much left blooming but I think that makes what is still full of color all the more special.
I love searching out beauty in different pockets of the garden. Dainty blooms that get lost in the noise and lushness of early summer, just shine in the quiet still of winter. I am always amazed at what remains flourishing left alone to persevere.
It is often in those moments of alone time with God that He reminds us of our beauty and perseverance, too. He uses those times to explain things more fully...to quiet the noise surrounding our lives and speak intimately to us.
"When He was alone with his disciples, he went over everything, sorting out the tangles, untying the knots." Mark 4:34 - The Message
Oswald Chambers says, "God is making us spell out our own souls. It is slow work, so slow that it takes God all time and eternity to make a man and woman after His own purpose. The only way we can be of use to God is to let Him take us through the crooks and crannies of our own characters."
I imagine the crooks and crannies of our characters are rather like pockets in the garden...amongst the barren dirt are beautiful flowers persevering, waiting for their time to shine.