#fridayfootprints – Friday 12th July 2019

Every part of being a gardener is focused on our training to be ‘Samaritans’.

Gardening is about caring for plants and the environment and all that this entails. Every element of the work involved provides gardeners with the lessons required to be what a Samaritan is supposed to be.

In Africa, we have a saying: “Umuntu Ngumuntu Ngabantu”, which can be translated as “a person is a person because of (or through) other people”. Man cannot be man with hu(man)ity. This is the African concept of Ubuntu and a wonderful description of the Samaritan(ism).

As with humanity, plants (and animals) do not exist in isolation in the environment. They need each other and depend on one another. And they all need a gardener!

Does the stake support the tree, or does the tree give new meaning to the stake? The common feature is that they are bound through a love knot of support. A ‘Samaritan’ knot. A knot of love.

This is the lesson that the Master Gardener gives freely and the very reason for our creation. ‘Love’ was always the foundation of His grand plan and why I am always in awe gardening with God!

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#fridayfootprints – Friday 5th July 2019

A drab green plant and an uninspiring spike; ‘do not be deceived …’ and ‘… sow to please the Spirit …’ (Gal 6:7,8)

Look what happens!

When the Master Gardener is at work, suddenly the deceptive spike bursts forth and raises its hands to the Lord. A plant is transformed as colours shout praises into the heavens and the gardener is called to worship with the plant.

When we sow with the Spirit, no matter how long we must wait, no matter what guise we hold, there is a promise that we will reap with the Spirit: Eternal Life!

No wonder then that a plant shouts; “Glory, Lord, Christ, Redeemer – Hallelujah”.

And the plants wait for us to follow their example as we Garden with God.

Hallelujah indeed!

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#fridayfootprints – Friday 28th June 2019

Gardening with God often finds me on my knees in the garden, sometimes on my haunches and occasionally just walking around, yet my perspective of God is always within the boundaries of the things I see around me. Whilst I am amazed by His creation which I experience daily – the boundaries are still there.

If I cast my view beyond the garden, there are still boundaries on His magnificence depicted by the horizons I see all around. Even if I was to wait for nightfall, the stars still cloak my perceptions.

Yet, if I was to lie back and gaze up into the blue sky above me, the fullness of His presence comes flooding through.

In the blue sky there are no boundaries to limit my understanding of God. There is no limit to His abundance, just more layers of blue. It is through this that I am drawn into Him. Sucked into His vastness! And if I lie there in Him, slowly I can feel His absolute immenseness begin to flow into me.

Ever so slowly, the Holy Spirit permeates through my being until I become the sky and soar with Him through the Heavens. Here there are no boundaries to limit me being what I am meant to be – and that is why I garden with God.

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#fridayfootprints – Friday 21st June 2019

In a Wilderness winter garden as we reach the solstice, we raise our arms in celebration of the countdown to spring.

Though the flowering plants are few and far between, here and there blossoms brave the dark side of the mountain to display their glory.

It is in the hard, cold times that we seek a special connection with The Master Gardener and spend time searching for dewdrops in Heaven, that prove to each gardener that the Lord hears our call even on the darkest, and coldest, and loneliest of days and the promise that spring is around the corner. God is in the garden, always; all we must do, is look and listen!

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#fridayfootprints – Friday 14th June 2019

If there is one group of people that really grasp the concept of the Trinity, it should be gardeners!

Evidence of a Triunal presence abounds in our cultivated (and natural) habitats.

Just one glimpse of a flower and the ‘three in one’ bursts out into our world. We cannot separate the power of the structured petals, nor can we say that any one colour could exist without the other. The flower stands in its glory.

Could it be better or clearer?

Do we expect one colour or one layer to do all the work of bringing forth the beauty that stands proud? Do we long for more of one than the other?

Gardeners remain spellbound in the Creator’s perfect perfection. We stand in awe of the presence of the peace that washes over us in the full knowledge that the Counsellor shows us the fundamentals of our Faith in the Master Gardener’s harvest of Grace.

The Trinity, inseparable in the eyes of Gardeners with God!

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A place in the Wilderness

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There is a place inside each and every one of us that dreams and aspires to a deeper connection with the world around us both in the physical and spiritual realms.

 

WILDERNESS WHISPERS is that place, where through thoughts transcribed into the written word, my own the dreams and aspirations are reflected.

I sincerely hope that through my world in the written word you will find a place of your own that gives you the connection you seek

 

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