Learning in Life – Watch Where Your Shadow Falls

Shadow on the Shot

It would have been a lovely photo of Black-eyed Susans in our backyard. But, I wasn’t thinking or noticing where my shadow fell.

One point in my personal mission statement is “Pay Attention”. Obviously I wasn’t doing that with this shot. Sometimes when we don’t pay attention we can let our shadow fall on others – a sharp word or a bit of ignoring – darken their world or at least rub some of the brightness off.

Let’s picture the photo above without the shadow and take it with us as we pay attention.

“And those who are wise shall shine like the brightness of the sky above; and those who turn many to righteousness, like the stars forever and ever.” Daniel 12:3 ESV

Blessings from God – Plumbago

Plumbago

Plumbago

Sharon likes blue, and thankfully we had a good year for plumbago. We haven’t had success in the past. One year they just rotted away. Another year they froze (we actually had several weeks of cold in a row.)

Back Bed with Plumbago

Back Bed with Plumbago

But, this year, this bush looked good with others in the back bed. Success after several tries.

More blessings from God!

Oh sing to the LORD a new song; sing to the LORD, all the earth!
Sing to the LORD, bless his name; tell of his salvation from day to day.
Declare his glory among the nations, his marvelous works among all the peoples!” Psalms 96:1-3 ESV

 

Reflecting God’s Light in a Dark World

Caladiums Lighting the Darkness

Here are last Spring’s caladiums under the Dogwood tree. As you see, I plant the white ones with a few green veins. I like this variety because we can see them “glowing” in the shade, and they seem to light up the darkness.

Of course they don’t create light on their own. They only gather and reflect the light around them. It makes for a pleasant scene in the middle of the day when the sun is bright – But it’s also pleasant in the darkness when they pick up whatever light there is around, and do seem to glow in the dark.

We also need to be reflecting God’s light to those around us in the darkness. Our attitude, our caring for and loving others may be the only light they see.

For it is you who light my lamp; the LORD my God lightens my darkness.” Psalms 18:28 ESV