Ever notice how some days seem to drag on forever and other days seem to pass by quickly? For me it doesn’t always depend on what I’m doing but I think it has to do with my own attitude about how I process the day. Whether I have a lot of things to do during the day or it is one of the days I sit back and admire the view of my garden, the hours in the day remain the same. My theory is that the way the day passes by has a lot to do with my attitude of how I process the day.
In Psalm 30:5 the second part speaks of sorrow that may last for a night, but joy comes in the morning. There is a song that speaks of trading our sorrow for joy. So what am I saying?
Sometimes I think perhaps we process through our day without really pondering our purpose. Do we work to pay the bills? Do we enjoy our job? Are we a benefit to our employer and co-workers? When we pick up a coffee or get groceries are we making an impact on our surroundings or merely getting what we need and rushing out the door to get back to our own home so we can be in our own space away from the world?
Psalm 8 begins with worship to God and the writer, David, goes on to talk about how in awe he is of how God made the heavens and the earth and man and the honor and authority given to man by God. He ends the Psalm as he began, with praise to God.
Do we begin the day with worship? Do we go through our day walking in the dignity and honor of how God views us? Do we end the day with praise?
Yes there are challenges that we all face each and every day. Yes there are trials that come that make us want to crawl in a hole and pull the hole in after us. We all have days like that.
BUT…trials strengthen us. Trials cause us to recognize the strength placed within us.
So what does any of this have to do with gardening? I do a lot of thinking in the garden. Life is a garden. Weeds to pull. Watering to be done. Maintenance here, maintenance there. Re-pot this, replant that. Remove the dead. Plant the new. Trim this plant. Deadhead this flower.
Our relationship with God and people is similar to a garden. Things in life are not always blooming. Fruit is not always on every plant. Sometimes there are pests in the garden. Sometimes plants stop producing for one reason or another. Seasons continue to cycle through time.
Recognizing the seasons in the garden and in life determines how to process the day. Our attitude determines what gets done. Our interaction with the nature of things, whether it be in the garden or the garden of people around us is effected by our response to the task at hand. Whether plants or people…not all bloom at the same time…not all are bearing fruit at the same time and not all fruit is good. Not all fruit is harvested at the same time.
O Lord, our Lord, how excellent (majestic and glorious) is Your name in all the earth! Psalm 8:9 Amplified Bible
Have a great day in the garden of life!