I delight greatly in the Lord; my soul rejoices in my God…
Isaiah 61:10 NIV
A walk through a garden almost always reveals something blooming; finding even one new flower is like discovering a secret, its surprise certain to delight and send a sense of rescue and relief through our souls.
…for just as the earth brings forth its plants, or a garden makes its plants spring up, so Adonai, God, will cause victory and glory to spring up before all nations.
Isaiah 61:11 CJB
For how can the day be so daunting if a Promised-Land-posy’s petals have opened wide?
And who would despair in the midst of momentary troubles if a full pride of irises appeared?
And who are we to take these buds and blooms as hints of the Lord’s triumph, not merely in our demeanor but in the realm of his grander plan and advance of his Word? We can ascribe these garden glories to God’s Word because the LORD did so! He is the One to set his victory in the garden, to give his salvation story a garden grounding.
May we slip out—in whatever strength we can summons—to a garden today, and hear the flowers remind us to say:
yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will be joyful in God my Savior.
Habakkuk 3:18 NIV
©2015 Shelley S. Cramm ‘De Caen’ anemone blooming on a spring morning, a wildflower from the Promised Land planted in a Texas garden.
©2015 Shelley S. Cramm I spy bearded iris blooming tall in a shady corner of the garden – glad not to miss these this morning!
©2015 Shelley S. Cramm Don’t miss petite periwinkles (Vinca minor) peeking through their variegated foliage.
These garden “blues” are the ones to have! Such beautiful flowers, Shelley! Here in western Pa. I am seeing daffodils in my gardens, crocus and hyacinths in bloom..our trees are finally budding up and I am hoping( and praying!) a late frost/freeze does not happen! This time of the year surely makes all of us a bit more cheerful and longing to be out in our gardens and see what is surprising us!
DEBORAH!! So good to hear from you! Hope you had a cozy winter and now it’s good to hear your spring has arrived – at least warm enough for the first bulbs to bloom. Yes, I was so amazed to realize the latest flowers budding are all “blue” – I promise I didn’t coordinate that! So often the wonder appears in spite of us; that’s God smiling, I believe!
Blessings, dear one!