Garden, Blooms and Scripture 5

Wildflowers 1

Wildflowers 1

We had to have our drain field replaced several years ago, so I planted wildflowers in the section of disturbed ground. They’ve been re-seeding and coming back every year since then.

Wildflowers 2

Wildflowers 2

The beauty of God’s Creation amazes me constantly- year after year, even day after day, minute by minute.

And a great windstorm arose, and the waves were breaking into the boat, so that the boat was already filling. 38 But he (Jesus) was in the stern, asleep on the cushion. And they woke him and said to him, “Teacher, do you not care that we are perishing?” 39 And he awoke and rebuked the wind and said to the sea, “Peace! Be still!” And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm. 40 He said to them, “Why are you so afraid? Have you still no faith?” 41 And they were filled with great fear and said to one another, “Who then is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him?” Mark 4:37-41 ESV

Who then is this, that even the flowers burst into bloom at His call?

Garden, Blooms and Scripture 4

Banana Peppers - first year I've tried them

Banana Peppers – first year I’ve tried them

The banana peppers are another first this year. After ordering sub sandwiches with banana peppers, we found we liked them. Then we bought some in a jar and Sharon began putting them on our homemade pizzas. Good again. Now we’re trying some fresh ones – fun to grow but we haven’t decided if we like the fresh ones or pickled ones better. Pickled peppers are winning so far, so Sharon will probably pickle them.

And rising very early in the morning, while it was still dark, he (Jesus) departed and went out to a desolate place, and there he prayed.” Mark 1:35

I won’t try to stretch things and make a connection between the verse and growing banana peppers. The verse just made me stop while reading. If Jesus was strengthened by prayer (and communion with the Father and Spirit), prayer is certainly expected, necessary and worthwhile for us.

Garden, Blooms and Scripture 2

Harvest Bowl - Blueberries, seedless cucumber, lavender, rosemary

Harvest Bowl – Blueberries, seedless cucumber, lavender, rosemary

The foundation of this photo is the six cups of blueberries needed for a blueberry pie. Sharon used them for the pie on Father’s Day and it’s being enjoyed much. I called it a harvest bowl when I added more bits of harvest. It’s always amazing and so enjoyable  to partake of a harvest from your own garden. Blessings from God!

When he (Jesus) went ashore he saw a great crowd, and he had compassion on them, because they were like sheep without a shepherd. And he began to teach them many things.” Mark 6:34 ESV

After this, Jesus fed the 5,000. Definitely a wondrous miracle, and we do need to be thankful for the harvest and food the Lord provides. But, we need to also bless His name constantly for the compassion He has shown us, and the eternal things He has taught us.

Garden, Blooms and Scripture 1

Screen Door in the Blueberry Frame

Screen Door in the Blueberry Frame

Time for a garden, blooms and Scripture update. I added “garden” since they’re not all blooms.

The photo shows the new screen door I put in the blueberry frame. For several years I’ve used a “flap” of bird netting to get in and out. Finally decided it was time to stop hooking and unhooking and stooping to get in and out. Maybe a bit over the top, but it was fun.

We’re studying the Gospel of Mark in our Bible Study class (the study is by Sinclair Ferguson), so I’ll use some Scripture from Mark.

In those days Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan. And when he came up out of the water, immediately he saw the heavens being torn open and the Spirit descending on him like a dove. And a voice came from heaven, “You are my beloved Son; with you I am well pleased.” Mark 1:9-11 ESV

 

God Graciously Gives the Increase

Garden Waiting

Garden Waiting

There are many opportunities waiting on God, and also waiting on us. God must be in it and God must provide the power, but we have the blessing of being involved, too

Garden Getting Going

Garden Getting Going

And when we do work at it, we can see the results that God brings about.

“I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the growth. So neither he who plants nor he who waters is anything, but only God who gives the growth.” 1 Corinthians 3:6-7 ESV

 

Redbud, Clouds and Sky – What a Sight! And, Jesus – What a Savior!

Redbud, clouds and sky

Redbud, clouds and sky

Redbud 2014

Redbud 2014

While not yet a big tree, the redbud in the front yard bloomed spectacularly this year. The Lord’s Creation is spectacular all year round, but Spring is especially wonderful. The process of new life appearing certainly reminds us of Jesus, His crucifixion, and His resurrection. Hallelujah, What a Savior!

And he said to them, “Do not be alarmed. You seek Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He has risen; he is not here. See the place where they laid him. Mark 16:6 ESV

Got Faith? Plant an Oak Tree

Old Oak Tree

Old Oak Tree

I went hunting for an impressive oak tree to photograph and found this one along a stretch of highway south of Daisy, Georgia. It is impressive. My purpose for the quest was to illustrate one aspect of faith: “for we walk by faith, not by sight.” 2nd Corinthians 5:7 ESV.

I don’t think this oak came about from a squirrel dropped acorn. I think someone planted this tree a century or more in the past. I have no proof of that, so that’s just a deduction from the other oaks up and down the road that appear to have been placed in particular locations. There probably was a house here then, but it probably wasn’t this one. (Could have been remodeled through the years, though).

The tree wouldn’t have become impressive during the lifetime of its planter. It’s likely it didn’t even reach “noticeable” status. And, it’s an absolute that the planter is not still around to see it become this mighty tree. But, that didn’t matter – they walked by faith. They knew what would happen far in the future. Their small efforts would become established and grow into a massive tree that would provide food and shelter for animals, and shade and comfort to people. I don’t know if they had the thought that just the sight of the tree would give a sense of wonder at God’s Creation, but I know that’s what I felt as I came around the curve and saw it.

It is just a deduction that someone planted this tree many years ago but the concept stands. Anytime you plant a long-lived, slow growing tree, you probably won’t see it reach “impressive” size. But, somebody will.

When the Apostle Paul wrote about walking by faith, not sight, he was noting that we don’t see the Lord, but we know (by the faith that God gave us and the Holy Spirit within us) we will see Him face to face one day. Paul then states that because of that, our aim in everything is “to please Him”

And that’s where I think another aspect of “walk by faith” comes in. It’s not planting trees (although I consider that a good thing), it’s doing things to please the Lord, even though we may not see the results (perhaps not even in our lifetime). As Jesus told us: Give someone who is thirsty a drink of water in His name. Feed the hungry. Welcome the strangers. Visit the sick. Make disciples.

Got faith? Then walk in it. Plant an oak tree. Or, better yet, spread the Good News about Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior.