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 assuring us that all is well in our world. This encouraging message is conveyed through countless comforting signs all around us. 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 new hedge of eye-catching English boxwoods is being planted. A deep trench has been dug along the front of the property. The soil has been cultivated with peat moss, gypsum, and other fortifying materials to improve water retention and provide necessary nutrients for the new plants. The boxwoods are being placed into this optimum milieu.
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 appealing formal air to the scene. The evergreen hedge will serve, for years to come, as a natural fence as well as a protective screen from wind and noise.
Don’t you just love the sight and aroma of freshly-tilled earth? That soft, dark, rich-looking soil with its pleasant earthy fragrance. And the heartening view of healthy, green plants carefully set out in it, in hope of good things to come.
The happy image of a garden spot never fails to give me a welcome sense of peace. Regardless of our uncertain times, there will always be protecting shrubs and sheltering trees and cheering flowers for us to enjoy. Life in all of its splendor goes on.
No matter what else is happening in our lives, we can still go out and till our gardens with strong assurance in our hearts of good and beautiful 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. It’s money in the bank that, with a little rain and a little sunshine and a little love, all will take root, develop, and flourish.
Ever growing. Ever new. Evermore. What a glorious world of hope God has given us. Aren’t we blessed to live in it and to witness its reassuring signs?
Here’s to Life!