As I pause in this season of Lent, I am mindful of gardens. We have an epic snow storm upon us, dumping heaps of white stuff all around the Denver metro area (and beyond). Yesterday I was restlessly trying to find a sliver of entertainment in the afternoon (Bill was exercising) so I listened to The Shell Seekers for a few moments and in that brief amount of time, I heard the narrator tell of Sophie, Penelope's mother and her love for the book Elizabeth and Her German Garden by Elizabeth von Arnim. I have come upon the mention of this story several times so I decided it was time to read it (even though I am reading and LOVING Pride and Prejudice for our family book club). Reading about Elizabeth and her love for the outdoors is very moving. I think I am more of an indoor woman, but the approaching spring makes me aware of my outdoor nature, too. THEN this morning I opened My Daily Meditation for the Circling Year by John Henry Jowett and I came upon this. Gardens again. A mere happenstance? I know different.
I honor Lent personally even though the church we go to doesn't make a point to speak of Lent. They speak A LOT of Jesus. Lent is a high church focus and I love high church doings very much. For me, Lent is a time to grow in my love for Jesus, in my knowledge of Him, in my surrender to Him. I love Jesus, God with passion for His creations, fleshed out in the form of a sinless man. This Jesus, my way to heaven. I shall remain mindful of His time in the garden of Eden, His time in the garden of Gethsemane, and my hope in the garden of eternity.
I am more excited than EVER to start my gardening year early now that I am not teaching school anymore. When the garden is beginning and when it is in full summer swing, I aim to stay out in it more, even if it's HOT.
Easter is full of flower and as I journey inward and find my Savior, I anticipate the joy of that precious April day.
Join my friend Angela (amazing and true) and the other pausers. Thank you for stopping in.