Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Fall…..the new Summer

This summer has just been completely incredible! I’ve seen drought and I’ve seen summer heat, but I have never seen anything like what we have experience this year.

 Blanco River
Source The Blanco River near the city of Blanco in Blanco County, Texas

Fall…. the new summer!

Now that fall has arrived, it has brought a very welcomed cool morning air (high 50’s to low 60’s) along with what I consider “normal” summertime temperatures (high 80’s to 90’s) reached during the daytime. We did get some very welcomed rain in September but it was immediately soaked into our dry parched ground.

While the Texas heat dried up entire lakes, took the lives of cattle, destroyed crops, and even turned our small farm into a desert land, I could not bare to water my flower garden – even before restrictions were made official. Plants can be replaced, but our cattle and our crops cannot be replaced so easily.

dead-plants One of my young bushes that did not make it through the drought.

Just the other day, I looked in my flower garden, and on their own, beautiful life has begun to spring forth in the midst of this harsh trial that our state is enduring. I have not watered, pruned, or done anything to these plants since May or June of this year yet here are just a few pictures of what is springing forth in my dry, barren flower bed.

green-plant
I seriously considered pulling this out of the ground because it looked so dead and ugly. Now beautiful leaves and flowers are budding!

small-plants
I am not sure, but I think this is suppose to be a Chrysanthemum. You can see that it looked like a dead twig, but now this new life is growing!

rose-bush
I purchased this Knock Out Rose bush early this year and while it still had some green leaves on it, I never thought that I would see it bloom again this year. Isn’t that just amazing? Just this morning I actually found a second bud that has popped out.

It is just amazing to me that through all of the abuse that these plants have taken, they still thrive and have a will to bring forth beauty.

"To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the Lord, that he might be glorified."—Isaiah 61:3

“When soldiers are on the march, or advancing to the battle, military men think it wise to let the trumpet sound, that the warriors may be stimulated by the thrilling music. Many a weary soldier has tramped on with new vigor when the band has struck up a lively march, or a soul-moving tune. In the midst of our present Christian service, my brethren, when I trust all of you have resolved to come to the help of the Lord—to the help of the Lord against the mighty—we would bid the silver trumpets of gospel promise sound aloud, that the hosts of God as they march on in battle array may feel their pulses quickened and their souls cheered.” Read the rest of this message by Charles Spurgeon…

I want to be remember that God always knows just what I need, when I need it. He is always there to bring me a refreshing if I will just call on Him.

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