Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Peace in the Garden

Yesterday was a breath of fresh air in the midst of troubling times.  I had lunch with a precious friend at Sherman Gardens in Corona del Mar.  Its a gorgeous oasis of floral delights tucked just off of the busy Pacific Coast Highway.  They have a patio dining restaurant where you can enjoy delicious food surrounded by visual delights and fabulous fragrance.  Its no secret to the birds and butterflies that fill the place.  I was so refreshed by the peace that was there both in the environment and in the company of a caring friend.

It wasn't until I got back home that I realized every day is an opportunity to enter a place of peace.  Jesus promises to be our peace and offers us peace that passes understanding, and peace that's not as the world gives.  As I walked through my own garden of beautiful roses lovingly tended by my green thumbed husband, I realized that my peace comes from remembering who is in control.  When I see the beauty and symmetry of a rose, when I take in its fragrance, I can't help but think, "If my Father in heaven took that much time to create such beauty in something that lives for only days and then is gone, won't He take so much more time with me to make me a creation of spiritual beauty in His Kingdom?  Will anything in all creation come to me that hasn't gone through His hands first?  And if He allows it, can I believe anything else other than it will be used somehow for my good, even if it isn't "good" in itself?" 

I don't like the way things are right now because its painful.  Pruning always is.  I'm going to remember that as I walk through my own God-given garden each day.  God is in control.  He loves me, and He's doing a work in me.  I will look back on all of this one day and be amazed at His wisdom and love.  And He didn't leave me to walk the path alone.  He has given me cherished friends to walk life's path with me.

"Faith is not about everything turning out OK;
                                     Faith is about being OK no matter how things turn out."

3 comments:

  1. Beautifully stated and beautiful photos! Pink roses and pink birthday-girl Carolyn - two of God's amazing creations!!

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  2. Great reminder! And for those of us in CA we have no excuse to not stop and smell the roses! Happy Birthday to Carolyn! She is always a cup of joy.

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  3. Two women that I ADORE! I've told Carolyn before, she is the female version of Jesus. If all the world only had two friends like you two this world would be an incredible place! We have to wait for Heaven to have that. Love you two.

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