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This devotional thought appears on the front page of the May 2019 edition of Park Life magazine.
At last we’ve passed 17th May! In my early years of gardening, I was told not to put tender plants outside until after that date in case a late frost would damage them. Not sure why 17th May but the advice has stuck. I guess if I lived in Oxford it would be the 18th May and so on as you move further north.
For 40+ years I have faithfully waited until the 17th before planting out my beans, tomatoes, sweet corn, geraniums and fuchsias, etc. But from then on - what joy, pleasure and wonder we experience as vegetables shoot up, as flowers appear in increasing abundance and as weeds seek to dominate vegetable plots and flower beds.
As we look around at this time of the year, we can reflect that although we plant the seeds and seedlings, it is God’s creative powers and His amazing laws of nature that ensures growth in His timing. The magnificence of trees, hedgerows, grasses, flowers and weeds are particularly evident at this time of the year. I noticed that the beauty of weeds have taken a place in some of the show gardens at Chelsea this year. The beauty of the dandelion is remarkable, to say nothing of its miraculous powers of multiplication!
Nature is part of God's beautiful creation. Through nature, God is able to teach us and provide for us. God’s splendour is evident every time we look out of the window. Let us be utterly amazed at the masterpieces he has created. Let us see the little things in life and appreciate them and take notice of the flower that is blooming and think of how wonderful it is for plants to work the way that they do. They seem so small and yet how detailed they really are because God made each and everything unique and different. Be utterly amazed at life and what these small things have to offer us, because we have a truly amazing God who is our Heavenly Father who created each and every one of us.
Job 12:7-I0 “But ask the animals, and they will teach you, or the birds in the sky, and they will tell you; or speak to the earth, and it will leach you, or let the fish in the sea inform you. Which of all these does not know that the hand of the LORD has done this? In his hand is the life of every creature and the breath of all mankind.”
Past Focus Items
May 2019 - A Change of Ways
April 2019 - Community
February 2019 - I Wanna Be Like You
January 2019 - In God We Trust
December 2018 - The Supporting cast
November 2018 -Collaboration
October 2018 - Do We Trust Him?
September 2018 - Community Outreach
July/Aug 20118 -Mission Impossible
June 2018 - Barnabas
May 2018 - Living Bricks
April 2018 - Togetherness
March 2018 - The Beauty is in the Present Moment and in the Seeing
January 2018 - Moving On
December 2018 - Christmas Lights
November 2017 - Autumn
October 2017 - The Red Box
September 2017 The Way Ahead - Part 2
July/August 2017 - Summertime
June 2017 - Steering the Boat
April 2017 - Change Ahead
March 2017 - One Way - Jesus
January 2017 - Beyond the Fog
December 2016 - Be Still and Know that I Am God
November 2016 - Autumn
October 2016 - Questions
September 2016 - Olympic Values
July/August - Follow the Leader?
June 2016 - Passports and Priorities
April 2016 - The Power of Love
March 2016 - Giving Up For Lent
February 2016 - What's At The Core?
January 2016 - The New Year
November 2015 - Back to the Future
October 2015 - Autumn
September 2015 - Standing in Their Shoes
July/August 2015 - Summertime
June 2015 - Free Gifts
March 2015 - Another Brick in the Wall
February 2015 - Distance Management
January 2015 - Changing Perspectives