Day to day observations, trials and triumphs.
Wonder for the common and uncommon.
Stepping back to gain perspective.
One of our motivations for creating something is to share it with someone. A musician learns to play in order to perform. A visual artist designs and works to have that work displayed. An actor rehearses in order to--well, of all these, the actor probably needs an audience the most!
But the gardener? A gardener is certainly motivated to share the success and the overall aesthetic of the garden. Sometimes I stop and think, "Wow, somebody needs to see this." And at the same time, when the garden is in disarray, I am sufficiently embarrassed.
But most of the time this garden is a secret place. It doesn't front a suburban street or an arterial road. It sports no walking paths for nobility, nor play structure for neighborhood children. It is a changing palette of edibles and ornamentals, dirt, compost, mulch and weeds, but for the most part, it is hidden from general view. And for the most part, I am ok with that.
For, in truth, the invisible is no less valuable. It is a hard concept to hang on to, in our culture in particular, when fame and visibility are so highly valued that people destroy their lives and the lives of others for that proverbial 15 minutes. There is something in each of us that screams "See me! See me! See me!" Or, at least, "Look what I did."
But in the secret garden we know our Creator sees, and we are reflecting back to Him the creative urge that is so much of His very being. The unseen are no less important and/or valued, as in those who accompanied Peter on his visit to Cornelius--those nameless, unnumbered ones who supported and encouraged both parties in such a momentous encounter.
"...The next day (Peter) rose and went away with them, and some of the
brothers from Joppa accompanied him...."
An anonymous group mentioned in a small sliver of the story. How many more not mentioned? How many more dwell n the invisible place, nonetheless seen by Him of Whom it is most important to be seen?