How fair is a garden amid the trials and passions of existence.
– Benjamin Disraeli, British Prime Minister during the reign of Queen Victoria
Nature is constantly reassuring us that all is well in our world and will be so. This encouraging message is offered to us through countless signs within God’s beautiful creation. Case in point: an evergreen hedge.
My cousin, Joegil, just sent me a photo of her son and daughter-in-law’s front yard, where a neat row of eye-catching English boxwoods is being planted. A deep trench has been dug along the front of the property. To improve water retention and provide necessary nutrients for the new plants, the soil has been cultivated with peat moss, gypsum, and fortifying plant food. Into this lush milieu, the boxwoods will be securely placed.
Ahhhhh! I can see it all now – a clean, neat row of thriving greenery, softening the appearance of the home and yard, while also lending an attractive formal air to the scene. The evergreen hedge will serve, for years to come, as a natural fence and protective screen from wind and noise.
Don’t you just love the sight and fragrance of freshly-tilled earth? That dark, rich-looking soil with its pleasant earthy aroma. And the lovely view of healthy, green plants carefully set out in it, in the hope of good things to come.
The happy image of a carefully-tended garden plot never fails to give me a welcome sense of comfort and peace. It’s wonderful to realize that, as long as this old world exists, there will be protecting shrubs and sheltering trees and cheering flowers for us to enjoy and from which to gain strength. Life in all of its splendor continues on.
No matter what else is happening in our lives, though our woes and worries might seem immense, we can still go out and till our gardens with strong assurance of things ahead. We can confidently sow seeds of friendly daisies, fragrant lilies, and smiling pansies. We can boldly dig deep in the lush ground and set in place sturdy cedars, hardy oaks, and flowering dogwoods. With the good Lord’s blessing and a little rain and sunshine and love, all will take root, develop, and flourish.
Ever growing. Ever new. Evermore. What a glorious world God has given us! Aren’t we blessed to live in it and to witness its reassuring signs?
Here’s to Life!