While the Earth Remains

“While the earth remains, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, winter and summer, and day and night shall not cease.”

Genesis 8:22

I have always found comfort in the repetition of seasons and the knowledge that the cold of winter is always followed by the warmth of spring, the heat of summer, and the fruitfulness of fall.  This summer has, so far, been one for the record books, and not just here in Texas.  The parched land cries out for rain to quench wildfires and water crops.  In spite of warmer-than-usual weather patterns, we can trust the One who promised us a cycle of renewal.  I know that the summer will give way to the cooler temperatures of fall.  Before long, many of you will be shoveling snow!  Here in north Texas, we never know what kind of winter to expect.  We only know that “cold and heat, winter and summer, and day and night shall not cease.”

Here in the Prayer Garden, summer is a time for evaluating the plants for signs of stress and adjusting for nutrition, soil conditions, and water.  The longer I garden, the more similarities I see between plants and people.  Let’s face it, folks: some plants and people really can’t take the heat without some supplemental water or tender loving care!  And we gardeners sometimes have to make hard decisions about the fate of the plants in our care.  Do we pamper this sad little fellow or pull him out and replace him with a tougher specimen?  Some plants are worth the extra effort required to make it through the heat of summer, and others are not.

And that, of course, is where the metaphor breaks down.  The Master Gardener knows just how much heat and drought we can tolerate, and He watches over the garden with tender loving care.  He knows what kind–and how much–stress we need to develop deep, strong roots that will serve us well in the days to come.  There is no shallow watering in the garden of the Lord, for that produces weak roots that never learn to stretch out in search of the water and nutrition necessary for strength and fruitfulness.

May this be a summer of stretching and strengthening for all of us.

Blessings!

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6 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Mary Moline on July 12, 2012 at 3:48 am

    Pam, This was a very “timely and important word of encouragement to me today.”
    Thank you! MM

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    • Posted by jeri r smith on July 12, 2012 at 1:07 pm

      I REFLECT AND PONDER IN SUCH WISDOM. I ASK THE LORD TO LET ME GIVE EVERY CONSIDERATION TO THE PRESENT OPPORTUNITY I, MYSELF HAVE..TO WATER AND CARE AS I WALK AND LEAVE THE RESULT WITH HIM. LOVE, JERI R S THANKS FOR ALL YOU DO.

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  2. Posted by Virginia M. Zajesky on July 12, 2012 at 9:50 pm

    O, Pam!
    How lovely is Your dwelling place, Lord mighty God!

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  3. Posted by Agustina on July 13, 2012 at 2:26 pm

    Thank you! The pictures are great. Your words are for us. Our little son died three months ago and we miss him a lot. However, his short life gave fruit in many hearts, the seed of love for other children is growing. Because of his testimony, our church and friends are helping children of an originary tribe in Salta,Argentina.
    God developed in our lives deeper roots to continue his purpose in us. We give thanks for his consolation and strength.
    Blessings! Samuel and Agustina, Tucumán ,Argentina

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    • Thank you for sharing your heart with us. I know many will be praying for your continued healing and strength, including me! Bless you.

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  4. Posted by Roxanne Hoffman on October 31, 2012 at 9:04 pm

    It is October now , but the message you wrote encouraged me Today.

    Reply

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