and a season for every activity under heaven:
a time to be born and a time to die,
a time to plant and a time to uproot,
a time to kill and a time to heal,
a time to tear down and a time to build,
a time to weep and a time to laugh,
a time to mourn and a time to dance,
a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them,
a time to embrace and a time to refrain,
a time to search and a time to give up,
a time to keep and a time to throw away,
a time to tear and a time to mend,
a time to be silent and a time to speak,
a time to love and a time to hate,
a time for war and a time for peace.
What does the worker gain from his toil? I have seen the burden God has laid on men. He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the hearts of men; yet they cannot fathom what God has done from beginning to end. I know that there is nothing better for men than to be happy and do good while they live. That everyone may eat and drink, and find satisfaction in all his toil—this is the gift of God. I know that everything God does will endure forever; nothing can be added to it and nothing taken from it. God does it so that men will revere him.
I started my Lavender Garden today. My hope is to one day have my own lavender farm, but that is a future goal. Right now we just got a good start. I am so excited!
The spring brings rain and flooding here. It is always so amazing to me as I watch the force of nature and the strength water has to overtake the landscape. We have to remind our children of the dangers of the water even though it looks harmless and I see the resemblance in our own life choices. There are some things that as believers we need to realize are dangerous for us, too dangerous for the purpose God has for each of our lives. Things that take away from the destiny we are called to. Things that while they may not be sin, become a focus which pulls us away from time alone with God.
My bees are working hard. I love to watch them. They have a goal and they are not stopped in their pursuit of it. They even die for it, if necessary. Can I say that I'd do that for Christ? Forsake all for him, even my family and friends? My comfort? Everything? He asked us to give up all and follow him. Like the rich young ruler are there things in my life that I value more? Hmm.. humbling thoughts I know I need to take to prayer.
My pastor spoke of a life of unreserved faithfulness, a life which commands change, a life of choice to serve and not be left behind and he mentioned something that my spirit caught a hold of.. bruised knees. Will I be found with bruised knees? Oh, I hope so! I hope I can come to that place where prayer is more important than sleep. A place where pushing through to see Kingdom life planted within the boundaries of earth's atmosphere is an every day occurrence. I see how the bees parallel a faith-filled servant's life. They do not deter from their destiny.
So just a few thoughts from me to you as I ponder the gifts God has blessed me with here. Loving my garden, praising God for the beauty around in many ways and thankful for the chance to share my heart!
Blessings to you!