Day to day observations, trials and triumphs.
Wonder for the common and uncommon.
Stepping back to gain perspective.
Today was the best. day. ever.
For working in the garden.
Sunny and cool--there was a break in the cold, often freezing, weather--and the soil was pliant and aromatic. Rain had finally pummeled down the asparagus feathers, so the plants could be clipped and put to bed for the winter. The mulch is down, the perennials trimmed, and--oh so importantly--the bird feeders filled. The day's work ranged from macro-cleanup to micro-weeding; at one point I found myself hugging the ground to pick little weeds from around the beets, spinach, and lettuce.
The theme of the day was "breathing room." Sometimes the roots of the weeds were thoroughly entwined with the roots of the plants. Sometimes the plants themselves were too close to one another and one or more had to be moved or removed. The artichokes had to be tied up and mulched so the lower leaves don't rot in the winter wet. The lion's ears, turning to slime where they stood, were removed to give the monarda space and half a stand of fall aster was pulled to reveal the new fig tree struggling for light.
Natural things respond to space--both room and air. Years ago, when I was young and living in a foreign land(Utah), I had a moment of clarity of how God places us in his kingdom. I was praying, and my eyes fell on a houseplant(known its entire life as "Gregory Greensleeves"). When we moved to Utah, Gregory landed on a desk situated nowhere near the window, but over time he made himself at home, and grew along and over the desk until he was quite beautiful and healthy, filling in the spaces he could reach. And the Lord said, "Grow where you can, wherever you are."
This is a big thought I'm trying to put into words, but I think a key phrase is "over time." Ecclesiastes 3:11 says "He makes all things beautiful in its time." Or in His time. In a sense, we have to give Him space to do so, to trust that He keeps His word and that what He plants in us will burst forth from the ground one day, or, like Gregory, fill its niche slowly but inevitably. If we give space to the Holy Spirit in our lives, we may grow into places we never before imagined.