Gardens are some of my favorite places to be. My favorite Garden on earth is Longwood Gardens. I visit gardens wherever I go. One of my favorite places when I lived in Alabama was Huntsville botanical Garden. I would walk there at least once each week. The Garden in the preceding pictures is found at Brighton Dam. One man decided to plant azaleas all over his land over the span of his lifetime, and when he died, he left it as a legacy to share with all who would visit there. I was driving by this place just a month or so ago, and it was brown, no sign of life or green. The beauty was still locked within the cold confines of winter’s chill. But now, with the warmth of Spring, the light from the Sun and all that is packed within the branches of these bushes; life bursts forth in an amazing display of color. Such a contrast to the bleak browns I saw just a few weeks ago.
We are like that in God’s Mighty hands. He has poured into each one of us such beauty, strength and light. It is inside us, growing, becoming, waiting for the Master’s touch to call it forth from it’s winter sleep, and brighten the world with His love and truth.
“By His divine power, God has given us everything we need for living a godly life, We have received all this by coming to know Him, the One who called us to Himself by means of His marvelous glory and excellence. And because of His glory and excellence, He has given us great and precious promises. These are the promises that enable you to share his divine nature and escape the world’s corruption caused by human desires.” (2 Peter 1:3-4)
Lord, thank you for always working inside of us to bring glory and honor to Your name. Even in states of seeming fruitlessness, where there are no blooms, or signs of life on the outside, You are doing a deeper work inside of each one of us. At the proper time, we will burst forth with life and color and fruit, to bless those around us from the inside out. Thank You father, for your great work and your great love for us.