I got to thinking about these pictures I took Yesterday in the garden and how this Spring has been like none I have ever seen in my 20 years of gardening. The environment in which my garden is growing has been so conducive to it thriving. First off, 10 years ago I put a lot of work into preparing the ground. I moved so much good rich loose garden soil in before anything was planted. Once I had it planted I have tended this garden with great care. It took me 7 years to get it to the "finished" stage it is in today. I loosely say finished because plants are alive and they change as they grow and sometimes they even die. Adjustments have to be made. Just like humans, plants are subjected to the same world of uncertainty as we are.
But another aspect of the environment they find themselves in has been a contributing factor also. The rain has been plentiful and consistant which has eliminated any stress on the plants and the cool temperatures have kept the colors intense and vibrant and has extended the average bloom time for all the flowering trees and perennials. To be alive and to be in a nurturing environment makes all the difference in the world .
It brings to mind the environment we were created to live in. The circle defined by a relationship with our Creator is the environment we belong in and will thrive in. Outside of that environment the colors will be flat and the fruit will fade fast. Many times fruit will not even be produced. All the energy is spent on the scramble to survive.
The two previous posts have been about two different approaches to life. One is the life outside the environment we belong in and it has to do with law and fear and all that flows from that. The other is a life within the environment we belong and it has to do with love and acceptance and deep affection and the wastefullness of grace. Law and fear do not exist within that environment. Some people might ask; "How do we get to the right environment?" I think we are already in it and yet we live as if we are not. We let the rules of the other environment dictate how we live. Most of the time we have embraced those rules thinking they fit because we have been told they are a part of environment we were created for. Because of my eyes being opened to this reality I no longer am left wondering why I had struggled all of my life trying to feel safe and secure and healthy and never feeling safe secure and healthy. I'm thrilled to say the ongoing transition is changing all of that, not only with just myself but I am watching it happen in others also.
Gardens are bursting into life everywhere.