Wednesday, June 27

inches

Finally last night a storm passed through and gave us some rain. It has been so dry again this summer and watering the garden and flowers has been very time consuming. The poor grass is on its own which means we've been saving money on mowing because we're allowing it to grow a little longer so it doesn't readily brown.

What is amazing is looking out at the garden this morning and seeing how much everything has grown! Literally inches! They say that lightning puts nitrogen into the air and soil - and we had LOTS of lightning - which is confirmed by all the plants that drank it in and are taller and fuller at this moment. Truly, the plants and flowers are singing! :-)

Storms come and storms go. Sometimes they are predicted and you can watch them coming on a weather radar screen. Some pop up unexpectedly. Some storms are frightening with their fierceness and others are easily viewed by watching while in a chair on the front porch. And after affects from a storm are just as varied with a range of complete devastation to a few branches down to the greenery of the earth refreshed.

Looking back over the last four to five years, there are reflections of tumultuous storms in many areas of my life - church, marriage, children, family deaths - and each storm had its own variables. The after affects from these storms was often not immediately noticeable, but now I'm almost startled at times by growth in areas of my life that I hadn't realized. It's kind of like "where did that come from?" and at the same time knowing that without the challenge of the storm those characteristics would not have developed and grown. It's not the type of growth that can be measured in inches. Nor is the growing finished as there are bound to be storms on the horizon that my weather radar isn't picking up yet. This states it well, "Jesus Christ is no security against storms, but he is perfect security in storms. He has never promised you an easy passage, only a safe landing."

This Scripture is cool, too: "Others went out on the sea in ships; they were merchants on the mighty waters. They saw the works of the LORD, his wonderful deeds in the deep. For he spoke and stirred up a tempest that lifted high the waves. They mounted up to the heavens and went down to the depths; in their peril their courage melted away. They reeled and staggered like drunken men; they were at their wits' end. Then they cried out to the LORD in their trouble, and he brought them out of their distress. He stilled the storm to a whisper; the waves of the sea were hushed. They were glad when it grew calm, and he guided them to their desired haven." ~ Psalm 107:23-30 (NIV)

May you know God's peace today, too, whether the skies are blue and clear OR whether they are black and stormy. Grow with your day whatever the weather knowing that God is completely faithful!

Blessings,
Tammy ~@~

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