Refreshment In Color
I think there must be times of soul refreshing. I expect that is what the Sabbath is all about. In this case, I got my Sabbath in the middle of the week.
My Mom, Jody, and I went on a bus trip (Alpha Omega Tours) to the Tulip Festival in Mt. Vernon.
Very colorful ribbons stretched across the fields like a straight rainbow on the ground.
We enjoyed every variety and hue of tulip imaginable.
We were warned not to tiptoe in the tulips.
Several beautiful gardens lay in wait for us to walk along. I learned some things about designing tulip gardens. No more lining sidewalks, no sir. Plant these flowers in bunches and let the colors complement each other.
However, I did not learn how to keep the deer out. Yes, of course, I asked. I found that there are a lot of opinions. Even from the experts! I imagine the fields must have gardeners watching out for critters and spend their time chasing them off as they cultivate the fields and gardens. At my house, that would not work as well. I do not plan to sit guard at night from the graceful, but ravenous does. Maybe chicken wire?
Color and Beauty
After a fun couple of days, traveling with my Mom and a busload of new friends, I came home with color in my spirit and thoughts in my head of God’s graciousness to us.
He created beauty and because He made us in His image. God gave us those same gifts and talents to create. Sin entered the world. You see, the deer still eat the tulips. However, hope abounds. As long as there is life, color, and beauty, we can know that our God never leaves us. He always has more in His hand to delight us. We just need to go look.
“Consider the lilies (tulips) of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; and yet I say to you that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. Now if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will He not much more clothe you, O you of little faith?” (Matthew 6:28-30 NKJV).