The LORD upholds all who fall and raises up all who are bowed down.
I planted seeds to grow morning glories on our balcony, and got so excited when some of the little green sprouted up from the soil! I was so excited to watch them grow. For a few days or so.
Then to my dismay, I went out to check them one morning and they all were bent over and fallen down, I didn`t know if there was any chance that they could still have life. I am not much of a gardener, I am of very little experience . And almost no know how.
But I thought, as our G-d is a powerful God who straightens the bent, upholds all who fall, and raises up all who are bowed down (see scripture above, Psalm 145:14), perhaps I could use this Word and the power of He who lives in me, and apply it for the morning glories. I got a new hope! I ran desperately back into the house fueled by a passion to want to straighten them and bring them back to life. I grabbed some wari-bashi from the cabinet (disposable wood chop sticks) and nylon string and got to work. I sat with the wilting stems and lifted them up onto the chopsticks.
The next day, they were still standing, and little by little, with adjustments here and there, they made it to the top of the chopsticks. They have sprouted the `vine` and today, one of the vines made it to the net and is on its way up the trellis!! Praise God!!
2. Another scene---a few days ago I was having a sandwich and coffee for lunch in a nearby park, but not so nearby. I hadn`t been there for about a year. When I looked around, I noticed the beautiful purple hydrangeas. After eating I took a walk around looking at the hydrangeas, when an amazing thing caught my eye!! I saw little green plants being held up with chopsticks!! And then I saw a net around the tree, and that these little plants were morning glory, and some were even growing up and around on the net around the tree!! There was one flower!!
|can you see the greens around the tree, and growing up the tree and supported by a net, a vine of morning glories!! There was even one flower that was open|
I felt filled with such great hope and confirmation that my morning glories too would make it to flower ! Seeing that I wasn`t the only one who used chopsticks to straighten the bent morning glories, I felt the great presence of the Almighty God, here in this tiny detail of those greens so close to the ground!!! As I looked around the garden, it was like a miracle unfolding. Next I saw there was a great tree in the middle of the garden. It was a palm tree! And then I noticed...yes!... a net around the base of the Palm Tree.... for morning glories to grow up around!! I wondered who made this garden, and at the same I loved just sensing it was put there from the G-d of Heaven to reveal something about His love and kindness and mercies that are new every morning for us here on earth!!
|At the base of this great, straight, Palm Tree in the ....middle of the Garden!!...someone had planted morning glories!!!|
Before I left the garden I began to notice tucked here in there in between shrubs and in quiet corners, I saw a watering can here, a shovel there, and then a box of garden gloves and other garden tools. The hand of the gardener was there, and yet so sweetly she/he tried to hide her presence. Then I saw her there, in a corner, pruning some plants. She must have been 100 years old, her face full of lines almost hidden by a bonnet, as though she had been there, in that garden, tending it for a lifetime, plus lifetimes, waiting for someone to notice it`s splendour, to wander through the garden just marvelling at its wonders.
Blessings and Shabbat Shalom!
Because of the mercies of ADONAI we will not be consumed, for His compassions never fail.
They are new every morning!
Great is Your faithfulness.
--Lamentations 3:22~23 TLV