It has been a while since I last wrote, but I am back from a good, long break and am ready to start again. While my transition back may be a slow one, I am hoping to keep this blog up as much as I am able.
Recently I have started gardening, something I had wanted to do for a while now but did not have the patience or time to do. It has been such an awesome experience and the fruits of my labor are finally starting to show as many of my sunflowers have started sprouting. Prior to gardening, I did some much needed yard work around the house which included lifting up our patio bricks to dig up troublesome roots that were breaking through, pulling weeds, and washing everything down. That took up an entire morning! It was pretty impressive how strong the roots of these plants were (don't ask me the name of them, I don't know); they were able to break through brick!
The experience of yard work and gardening also made me realize a few other things, mainly about life in general. The first thing is that, like a yard, life needs maintenance. Whether it's relationships, spirituality, finances, or health, a general upkeep is necessary in order to keep weeds from growing and other plants from having their way around the grounds. There are major things in life that require our love and attention and if neglected, the wrong things can easily creep in and start killing off the beauty and the purpose that once was.
Second, there is something truly therapeutic about working with your hands. Over the span of a few days, I maintained the yard, started a garden, and helped my husband build and paint an outdoor crate desk (pictures to follow). It was hard, sweaty work, but truly satisfying. It seems a lost and almost dying art to be outdoors and unplugged. I didn't even look at my phone until it was evening time! It was a truly liberating feeling that Instagram just can't give you. It reawakened my soul to dreams, inspiration, and creativity. I all of a sudden have this crazy urge to be productive; to paint, to write, to craft, and to clean. I feel more vibrant, aware, and alive after having spent over three days outside in nature.
We are all gardeners planting our dreams into a barren life. We rely on the the Father's care to shine His light on our plans and water them with success. We wait eagerly to see even a small sliver of hope sprout up, but can easily become discouraged when we see no visible progress. Sometimes we are discouraged to see that not all of our plans succeed in growth, but instead die in the ground where we planted them. But there is a lot that is happening in the dirt that we can't see. We can only sow in faith and wait for God to work His miracles. I once read a quote that said, "Be patient with yourself. Nothing in nature blooms all year." This revelation couldn't be more true. It is easy to grow impatient waiting for answers from God; for careers to take off; for dreams to become reality; yet it is during this time that crucial growth is taking place within us. We grow in patience, in perseverance, consistency, and in faith. During the hardship, we develop hope, joy, contentment, and our dependency on God who prunes and weeds whatever He sees as harmful to our growth. If we allow the process, we will produce beautiful blossoms in the end.
Learn to trust the process during the growing seasons.
That's it for now. Remember life is what you make it. Have a blessed day!