“If, then, I were asked for the most important advice I could give, that which I considered to be the most useful to the men of our century, I should simply say: in the name of God, stop a moment, cease your work, look around you.”
― Leo Tolstoy, Essays, Letters and Miscellanies
I have been working in the yard these past few days. The heat of summer has moved in early. Even starting early in the day my energy level is zapped to zero by noon. The up side is I have had lots of time to think about what I want to write. The down side is I don’t have a lot of energy left for the writing and editing part of the deal.
Every day I am learning more about plants native to Texas. All those lessons are confirmed by my many scratches and puncture wounds. It seems most native plants have some form of protection–needles, thorns, spikes….the list of weaponry is incredible well as subtle. Just when you think something is safe to pull–zing–another lesson learned.
I’ve been observing my surroundings–remember my word for the year is ‘awareness.” There is a native plant here that wickedly painful to trim. As I tried to find a way to remove it without impaling myself, I noticed the wrens build their nests in this plant. It is so full of thorns it is a virtual fortress. After noticing them I decided it may be wise to work them into the yard by carefully trimming them. It was a win/win situation–I had something to fill space in my garden and the cute little wrens had a safe place to build their own homes.
One more lesson on taking the time to observe before taking any action.
My hope is the prayer I found to share today will speak to you as it did to me.
The Voice Within
I took a little walk today
To listen to God’s word,
And then I stopped to rest awhile
This is what I heard:
“Dear one, there’s someone waiting
To hear from you today,
Someone who needs your loving heart
To spread joy in its own way;
Never turn away my child
I bid you to press on.
Let your light forever shine
To reach this precious one.
Who knows what happiness can come
From loving thoughts so true,
Go forth and spread your sunshine
Only good can come to you.”
And as I left my quiet place
I felt such peace within,
Because I knew what I should do
To love and honor Him.
Jan Edwards, Bedside Prayers