Pulling Weeds – Garden Step 1

salad planter

salad planter (Photo credit: dolanh)

Last year I grew my very first garden.  There were tomato’s, squash, peas, lettuce, cucumbers, and onions.  Since it was my first attempt, it was fun, rewarding, and educational.    At the end of the growing season, I cleared out the garden, and then let everything freeze over for winter.

Today I went out to my planter beds, and there were all sorts of things growing.  Unfortunately, I hadn’t planted anything.  There were weeds, and somehow, they’d filled the planter boxes.

How does that happen?  How do weeds fill up empty ground? Dust? Pollen? The wind?

It reminded me of life, and my need to pull out the things that have cluttered my heart and my mind, like worry, stress and fear.  On the inside we need to clear out those things that crowd out the good things, like patience, love and hope.    So I pulled weeds in the boxes; lots and lots of weeds.  

Now that the planter boxes are cleared, I will add some nutritional fertilizer to the garden, and then I’ll be ready to plant my seeds.  I’m happy to attempt Summer Garden II.

I’m ready for the new season.  I’m grateful for the changes in the weather, the green on the hillsides, the longer days, sunny afternoons, and the chance to warm my face in the sun.  I’m ready for rest, and time to focus on growing really good things, and I’m reminded, that it is all a gift from God.

Ecclesiastes 3:

1 There is an appointed time for everything. And there is a time for every event under heaven—

A time to give birth and a time to die;
A time to plant and a time to uproot what is planted.

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11 He has made everything appropriate in its time. He has also set eternity in their heart, yet so that man will not find out the work which God has done from the beginning even to the end.

12 I know that there is nothing better for them than to rejoice and to do good in one’s lifetime; 13 moreover, that every man who eats and drinks sees good in all his labor—it is the gift of God. 14 I know that everything God does will remain forever; there is nothing to add to it and there is nothing to take from it, for God has so worked that men should fear Him.

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Prayer for Boston and those Traumatized and Injured

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Christian Stone Cross (Photo credit: freefotouk)

Heavenly Father,

In recent hours, so many thoughts and prayers have been lifted to you on behalf of Boston, and people injured, and people traumatized, and those who’ve lost loved ones.   I join in Lord Jesus.

We cry out in pain, we ask to understand.

We lift up every person affected and ask for your healing presence to surround and touch them.  We ask for physical, psychological and emotional injuries to be completely healed.

We ask you to protect us from our enemies, from those who would attack and torture, and who would try to injure and destroy us.

We pray for our nation.  We are attacked and need you.

We pray for those ministering to the wounded, the doctors, and nurses and social workers, and other healthcare providers.  Give them wisdom and strength, that is supernatural as they treat the injured.  Give them grace and compassion for everyone injured.

Be with the authorities and those seeking to protect us.  Help them to solve the mysteries quickly.  Give them insights and clues, and help the perpetrators to be apprehended quickly.   Give them what they need to do their jobs well.

We humble ourselves before you Lord Jesus.   We need you.  Bring peace to our nation.   Bring us hope, and healing, and fill us with your peace.   Give us grace for what lies ahead.

In Jesus name we pray.

Amen

Disclaimer:  This christian prayer is offered in faith by a true believer.  Those of other faiths are respected and asked to be respectful this faith in comments and thoughts.

 

Lucky Boy

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Lucky Boy

About two weeks ago, I had the chance to visit the Belize Zoo (again), and meet Lucky Boy.  Lucky is a black beautiful jaguar (pictured left).  He had been abandoned by previous owners, and left to starve and die.  He wasn’t in good shape when he got to The Belize Zoo, but animal expert Sharon Matola, nursed him back to life, and Lucky Boy is now strong enough to have visitors.

The day I met Lucky Boy, 5 or 6 people at a time were allowed into a small enclosure, while Sharon brought his morning snack.  There was a strong mesh fence between the area where we were, and where he was, but that is all.   When Sharon called him over he stalked over one tentative step at a time.   Sharon laughed a bit at his jaguar style approach, but when he was finally close enough for his “snack”, his paws were up on the bars, and Sharon was treating him almost like her pet big kitty.  She talked, she sang.  The bond between cat and cat savior was plain.

Lucky boy was majestic, powerful, and beautiful all at the same time.  It was something to behold.

The interaction reminded me of the kingdom and Savior promised in Isaiah.   It’s a picture of peace and perfection and I saw a glimpse of it, at the zoo that day.

Isaiah 11: 1-6

1 A shoot will come up from the stump of Jesse;
from his roots a Branch will bear fruit.
The Spirit of the Lord will rest on him—
the Spirit of wisdom and of understanding,
the Spirit of counsel and of might,
the Spirit of the knowledge and fear of the Lord—
and he will delight in the fear of the Lord.

He will not judge by what he sees with his eyes,
or decide by what he hears with his ears;
but with righteousness he will judge the needy,
with justice he will give decisions for the poor of the earth.
He will strike the earth with the rod of his mouth;
with the breath of his lips he will slay the wicked.
Righteousness will be his belt
and faithfulness the sash around his waist.

The wolf will live with the lamb,
the leopard will lie down with the goat,
the calf and the lion and the yearling[a] together;
and a little child will lead them.