wild @ Heart:
I suppose, everyone in the United Kingdom will undoubtedly agree with me – spring this year has been a long time in coming, as we’ve had a long, long winter!
But now, as we hit the longest day of the year, it seems that summer could be a little more upbeat!
Could it be – spring has bloomed into summer with dramatic style?
One can hope, anyway.
Still, I don’t know about you, but my wife and I love to have a stroll around our garden.
As I’m carefully led by my precious Rachel, she takes time to describe in detail what’s growing, or what’s lying dormant and so on.
And when appropriate, we pause for a while to smell the fragrance of an aromatic plant.
I particularly love the Mexican Orange Blossom growing at the far end of our patio – a familiar plant from my boyhood.
It has wonderfully scented, star-shaped, white flowers – among glossy, aromatic, dark green leaves.
But our leisurely walkabout doesn’t end there!
We must continue!
So far, from the yellow poppy of Wales, to the cheerful orange poppy of California, along with the most recognised poppy of all, the red poppy of Flanders, our garden seems to be taking on quite a wild theme.
In reality, the poppies in our garden have truly brought an extra special welcome to the summer season.
And with much tender care, it probably won’t be long before the Himalayan blue poppies will also be swaying gently back and forth on their slender – wispy stems.
Apparently, there’s no flower quite as blue as this dazzling beauty.
So, we’re really looking forward to the moment when they unfold their brightly coloured petals to reveal the anticipated uniform display.
I especially, can’t wait to sense the quality of the silky textured petal – being beautiful and delicate to touch.
Well, we can hope anyway!
In the meantime, we have other flowers taking shape.
Striped Marigold, Pansy, Petunia, Rudbeckia, Salvia, Geranium, Begonia, and Chrysanthemum to name a few.
All producing a fantastic diversity of change in colour for the Buttercup Cottage garden.
And to add to the nature trail, Linnets are inhabiting a nest somewhere beyond the edge of our cultivated and mowed grass.
Oh-yes, it’s been a super treat this year – listening to the melodious song of the Linnet.
And a real surprise for us, was when we discovered a family of Blue Tits in residence at the side of our home.
Added to this, we have the odd butterfly, bumble-bee, a social ant, and occasional slug and snail, which make our stroll around the garden almost complete.
I say “almost,” as Rachel has reminded me that we mustn’t forget the foxglove, nor the colourful Busy Lizzy either!
Oh, and there’s the pastel shades of the lingering Clematis!
And yes, I know! I nearly forgot our neighbours cat!
I mustn’t forget Tom!
He loves a good old chat!
In truth, one could go on and on!
Anyhow, this has gotten me thinking:
Look at the birds in the sky.
They do not store food for winter.
They don’t plant gardens.
They do not sow or reap – and yet, they are always fed because our heavenly Papa feeds them.
And guess what?
We are even more precious to Him than a beautiful bird.
If He looks after them, of course He will look after us.
And consider the lilies of the field and how they grow.
They do not work or weave or sew, and yet their garments are stunning.
Even King Solomon, dressed in his most regal garb, was not as lovely as those lilies.
And think about grassy fields – the grasses are here now, but they will be dead by winter.
And yet God adorns them so radiantly.
How much more will He clothe us, we of little faith?
So, if we believe to be the case that every blessing comes from our heavenly Papa, then we can show appreciation to Him.
Surely our ability to sense Papa’s hand in the blessings around us increases our faith.
And what joy it is to see Him engaged in every detail of our lives.
Now, how spontaneous is that?
Could it be – things are done without us having to plan in advance?
Yep, think about it!
It’s certainly something to mull-over.
As we seek to resolve this puzzle – always remember, BEFORE we call out, Papa will answer.
And, BEFORE we have finished speaking, He would have heard.
This is a dimension that baffles our understanding, and cannot be fully explained.
Sure-enough, it’s a mystery wrapped in an enigma.
A closed book.
Hidden on the far side of our comprehension.
Yet, without doubt, our heavenly Papa and creator satisfies our everyday needs.
We are able to call Him.
He’s already answered.
What a blessing!
If only the whole world could see there’s enough produce for everyone!
If only we could get the balance right!
But, here is the bottom line – do not worry!
Get to know.
And remember to be thankful for each everyday provision.
Enjoy what Papa has given.
Look about oneself.
He’s extraordinarily wild @ heart!
And as you do so, remember, BEFORE you have finished speaking, Papa would have heard.
Impressive stuff, eh?
So then, as we come to the end of our stroll, it’s turning out to be quite a sunny day.
Time for a cuppa me thinks.
It’s a new day!
David Prince: Full-time Husband To Rachel – Writer Of Stuff – Receiver Of Grace – Drinker Of Tea – & Hearty Neighbour.
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