I’m.not.the.gardener 

This year as the spring flowers bloom, I have been fascinated by how beautiful the flowers and roses have been.  I guess for some reason, I have noticed them more this year.

Several years ago I attempted to plant a little rose garden in my back yard.  I bought a few plants, fertilizer, plant food, and some soil, and I planted.   Trouble is … I’m not a gardener, so I planted all of my rose bushes in the worst area of the yard.  I planted them near a huge tree, but the dirt around the tree was rock hard, red clay.   

I had a feeling that the red clay was the wrong place, but I planted them anyway.  Pink roses, white roses, coral roses, yellow roses and red roses.   I kept having to buy dirt to mix with the clay so that they would grow.   Believe it or not, for a while …they did. I will have to post pics one day.  I had a few beautiful blooms, but when I stopped pruning, and feeding, and hauling dirt in, they finally were just stems in the hard clay again.   Maybe one bloom would pop up every now and then.  But for the most part, they dwindled away.

Even the tree where I had them planted fell, and had to be taken down.  The dirt around the tree was completely dug up. So I completely forgot about the roses.  I moved on, and gave up on my dream of being a gardener. 

Until yesterday…that is.

Yesterday, I went out my back door, and there was the red rose bush.  Same place I planted it.  I couldn’t believe it.  It had bloomed.  Honestly, how could that be?  I am still shocked that after not attending to it for  years, having planted it in red clay, tearing down the tree on top of it, and grinding up the soil…how did that happen?  How did it survive all that trauma?

I have no idea…honestly…I have no idea.

The thought that stands out in my mind is … if God can cause a rose bush to bloom again under those conditions … What can he do with a man or woman who delights in his Word.

Psalm 1 reads…

“1 Blessed is the one … 2 whose delight is in the law of the Lord, and who meditates on his law day and night. 3 That person is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither—whatever they do prospers.”

There are more conditions to this verse of course (read all of verse 1) … But watering yourself in the Word, is a great place to start.  You never know on what day, in what season, under what circumstance … You may be surprised to find yourself blooming again.

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