light forest

Are you getting enough light?
Planting a garden in the spring is one of my favorite things. The winter is not officially over for me until it is warm enough to get started.
I started some of my garden plants from seeds this year, a fairly simple process that requires minimal resources, fertile soil, water and light.
I planted my seed indoors in mid-February and in a short time tiny green shoots began to appear, and soon after that leaves began to form.
But after the initial growth spurt the tiny plants began to lean to one side.
I checked the soil and found it was a little dry, and added more water. To my surprise in a few days they had fallen to one side. Dead.
After consulting Google (How did we ever function without it) “what causes plants to droop and die” I was able to find the culprit……
Lack of water, good soil or time was not the problem. All of these ingredients were present but my little plants could not survive without light. I replanted, adjusted the light source and they began to grow and thrive.
My experience with gardening this year was a good reminder that I cannot survive without light either. I need to make sure I keep the light shining on me

Psalm 1 provides instruction on how to do that, and promises I will grow when I do
“God’s blessings follow you and await you at every turn:
when you don’t follow the advice of those who delight in wicked schemes,
When you avoid sin’s highway,
when judgment and sarcasm beckon you, but you refuse.
For you, the God’s Word is your happiness.
It is your focus—from dusk to dawn.
You are like a tree,
planted by flowing, cool streams of water that never run dry.
Your fruit ripens in its time;
your leaves never fade or curl in the summer sun.
No matter what you do, you prosper”. *

If we do our part
Refuse ungodly counsel (darkness)
Avoid the path of sin
Allow our Light to shine
Delight in the things of God
Make Him the focus of our life

God’s blessings will follow and await us at every turn
We will be like mighty trees
We will bear fruit in season
We will not fade or wither
All that we do will prosper


“Now at last they were beginning chapter One of the great story no one on earth has read: which goes on forever”. I love this line at the end of the Last Battle by C.S. Lewis. Everyone has a story to tell and ultimately we are all part of a greater story that someday will be revealed in full. “ For now, we can only see a dim and blurry picture of things”. ( 1 Corinthians 13:12). My story is not remarkable, although the events I have had the privilege in my life to witness have been. I grew up in the south “the land of cotton” and the old times there were definitely not forgotten. I remember where I was and what I was doing when JFK and Martin Luther King were murdered in Dallas and in Memphis. I remember the Civil Rights movement, a time of great unrest and change. I remember the dawning of the “Age of Aquarius” in the late 1960’s. It was also the dawning of my love for playing music, a love that has stayed with me throughout my life. If my life were chapters in a book one would tell of my precious bride of 20+ years who endured so much and stood beside me through the good and the bad. One would describe the blessings of being a father and a grandfather. One would tell about how despite being “the wretch” the song sings about God was able to change me, and use me to make a difference in others lives, make me a servant in His church, and surround me with friends all because of His goodness. All part of a story that has had many twists and turns. I think of the words Jimmy Buffet wrote in one of my favorite songs "As a dreamer of dreams and a travelin’ man I have chalked up many a mile Read dozens of books about heroes and crooks And I learned much from both of their styles" And so it is true for me. But in all of my travels and all I have read and experienced nothing compares to where I am headed. The place where my story here ends and the story that goes on forever begins! "" I am confident that He who began a good work in you will carry it on until completion until the day He returns". Philippians 1:6 My hope is that as we all run our race that in some small way my words will encourage and speak to you, as your story is being written. And draw you ever closer to the One who loves you. Further up and further in!
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