Into the Light

This is what I wrote to a friend yesterday morning:

I have my eye more on what’s taking place outside my window than what’s on the window of my computer this morning!  The sun is shining for the first day in what feels like ages and I can’t wait to get out and work in my garden.  Planning to plant English Peas first of next week!  And, Broccoli.  And, Kale.  And… 🙂

It was 9 a.m., the sun was shining bright, the sky was clear, the temperature was 44 and I was antsy to get outside and enjoy the day.

I am an outdoors person – I love nature and all things natural.  Creation thrills me and opens me to God in ways little else can.  I see God’s touch in everything.

Today is even more beautiful than yesterday.  I’ve a full day planned outside.

That means it will be a day spent praising God from whom all blessings flow.  And, praising my Creator for all I see, hear, feel, experience as I get down and dirty in the soil from which I came and the dust to which I shall one day return.

Excuse me…the Light calls and I must answer.


Mom’s garden is doing well.  Rain has come at the right time, in time, on time and everything is looking great.

The only things that are blooming so far are tomatoes, squash and cucumbers. Behind and under the leaves fruit matures and I am eager to sample it.

Each day I check under the huge Zucchini leaves to see if the fruit is growing and each day it seems the leaves have grown more than the pollinated fruit.

I asked Mom about the huge squash plants and if it;s normal for the leaves to grow faster than the fruit.  She said Zucchini will take over the garden…it grows huge.  And, once it starts producing we will have a difficult time using it all…we will have to give some away.

Looking under the leaves for squash is a little like an Easter Egg Hunt.  The dark green squash can be hard to find in the shadow of the big leaves.  I know from past experience that it’s possible to overlook it until it suddenly appears – a foot long Zucchini with an 8 inch girth.

To look at the squash plants, one would think they are producing like crazy.  But, looks can be deceiving.  What appears on the outside can be totally unlike what’s going on underneath.

There’s a Bible verse that says: People look on the outward appearance but God sees the heart.

Each time I look at the garden, the Zucchini remind me of that verse.  When standing back and looking at the garden, I’m amazed by the health and beauty of the plants.  But, when I make the effort to see what lies beneath I find: appearance can be deceiving – and disappointing.

Oh, I know…this is Zucchini’s nature.

But, it’s also my nature – and your nature – to look at things…at people, too…and quickly assume how things are within.  And, upon that assumption we base so much – how we react, the worth and value we attach to it/them, what we think, how we act, what we do, whether we engage or turn away….

Take the time to lift the leaves and look underneath what appears on the surface.  You may be surprised by what you find…

…in yourself.

Spring’s Winters

Redbuds trees are blooming.


Accustomed to early Spring in the DEEP South, after 30+ years life experience there, I’ve found it difficult to adjust to the delayed Spring here even though this is where I spent the first 20 years of my life.

As a child, I grew up to the various “Winters” of Spring.

  1. Pear tree winter
  2. Redbud winter
  3. Dogwood winter
  4. Locust winter
  5. Blackberry winter

The temperature would rise to Spring-like warmth and various plants would break bud, show color and then a cold snap would hit and we would experience Winter again for several days.

This year the Winters of Spring have been delayed.  And, so has Spring’s floral parade.

Redbud trees should have bloomed weeks ago. Dogwoods should be in regal attire by now.  But, Redbuds are experiencing their first blush as Dogwood buds swell with promise.

Pear Winter has come and gone.  Pear trees, still bearing white blossoms, are showing green as new leaves begin their growth.

Redbud winter can be checked off the list and this next week of Springtime warmth will prompt a quick response in the remaining actors in Spring’s display.

If the rain holds long enough and the ground drys fast enough, I’ll get the garden tilled this week, or next, and begin working it in preparation for planting.  Some things can go into the ground after Dogwoods bloom.  Other things, like tender tomatoes, will wait until Blackberry winter passes.

Moving is an adjustment on all counts – and even more so when so much of who you are and what you do is in tune with where you are in the seasons of the year.  For the past 30+ years I’ve experienced Spring’s arrival by the end of February and planting season by the first of April.  “Easter Freeze” was considered the last opportunity for a wintery snap that could threaten tender growth – that is, as long as Easter came in March and didn’t wait until April.

If I’m in tune with the seasons, I’m in tune with life – and find that when my rhythm matches that of nature around me, I’m happiest and most productive.

I’ve clicked off Redbud winter and am watching the local Dogwoods for color.  And, I’m beginning preparations for the period of growth ahead.  I want to move with nature, in sync, in harmony, enjoying the rhythm of life and the living of it.