Saturday, April 28

quiet planning

"It is when things are quiet that we become aware of minutes that tick slowly by. Then we have opportunity, perhaps, to think of their deeper significance in the light of eternity." ~ Elisabeth Elliot

When one is traveling, there is no choice but to slow down. To sit still. To ponder life while others are napping along the trail. And coming from a life of fullness and busyness, it is surprising to see how long it takes to unwind one's mind to a point of meditation. Imagine thinking of ONE thing at at time instead of several things at once. It is more challenging than you think for some of us! And yet, how important to periodically take the time to ponder life in the view of eternity.

If thought of in a gardening context, it is a good idea to take time to think ahead and plant some perennials in different areas. Maybe some raspberry bushes that will grow and multiply and produce much fruit. Or a peony bush that will fill in a corner and produce sweet smelling flowers. Or how about that much talked about apple orchard? All of those take forethought and planning in order to be productive in the long run.

So, as we look at our own little gardens, it is necessary to occasionally stop and take a moment to access what character traits in each child need a bit more planting, tending, or even pruning in order to have long term results which would bring glory to the Lord's work while on this earth. And to remember we can do nothing without abiding in the Lord ourselves. "I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing." ~ John 15:5

Plant for the future!

Tammy ~@~

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