Growth. The definition of springtime. There has been more than a little growing going on around here this spring and in many different ways…
It seemed all in one day suddenly we looked, and poof every plant and tree awakened into green glory. We were glad to welcome it and bid farewell to winter. And now one very rainy week has turned into two and the rains keeps coming. Lush is one word to describe it here… Muddy is another.
After my husband cleared out a small plot of land behind our house I couldn’t help but dig my fingers into the black, moist earth, smell it in, breathe it in- life. The stuff life is made of. Soft and silky, the once bare earth is now a space filled with things wild and growing.
I couldn’t resist joining in nature’s chorus “life!” it rang out everywhere we turned. We bought a metal bucket, and filled it with things to grow. It’s a small beginning, but they are thriving and we love looking at them.
We planted the Rosemary and Thyme outside. The Thyme, almost completely dead, sprang to life and the Rosemary is thriving. How wonderful to snip off a bit of fresh Rosemary, feed it to the chickens or use it in dinner and then all day long my fingers hold that glorious perfume.
There is much more growing going on here in many other ways. We invited a family we know to live in our (large) attic temporarily. They are a sweet family of eight, they love Jesus and they are excited about being in close fellowship with other believers- as are we! It took six weeks to finish out our attic- floors, dry wall, plumbing, electrical, bathroom etc. And just last weekend they made it out with their things (despite the rain) to call our land and house “home.” We’re not sure how long they will be here, but we know that the Lord has a lot of good things in store for us all. Our hearts are willing, yes fertile, before Him and we long to grow up in Him. Each new phase of this life we experience is doing exactly that.
“As you therefore have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him, rooted and built up in Him and established in the faith, as you have been taught, abounding in it with thanksgiving.” Colossians 2:6-7