I often take the time to replenish my soul by seeing through my camera lens into the glory
and beauty of God's
creation. Then today, while I was thinking over what I wanted to post for this introduction, I looked up some quotes about gardens
. Much to my surprise, I discovered that I recognized myself in some of these quotes:
The best place to seek God is in a garden. You can dig for Him there. (George Bernard Shaw)
You can bury a lot of troubles digging in the dirt. (Author Unknown)
I think that if ever a mortal heard the voice of God it would be in a garden at the cool of the day. (F. Frankfort Moore, A Garden of Peace)
Bread feeds the body, indeed, but flowers feed also the soul. (The Koran)
We come from the earth, we return to the earth, and in between we garden.
I genuinely enjoy gardening, or I must say "used to" enjoy gardening, but now because of the ghastly onslaught of aging along with its various complaints like bad back and knees, I glory in my ability to stroll around various gardens to capture the glamour and grace of their rich colours among the greenery. Never without a camera, be it a Canon or a cellphone, I'm always on the lookout for an opportunity to grasp the moment for posterity.
It's the middle of February now, and everyone is getting very tired of the gradual transition into Spring. When we spy some snowdrops or crocus bulbs pushing through the earth still laden in some places with soggy snow, we become giddy with excitement that soon we will be glad to see the glowing sunshine.
Therefore, for those of you who are feeling like I am - cold, depressed, tired all the time from the grey skies, take comfort that it won't be long until you'll be griping about the heat, the galling chores of mowing the lawn and weeding the gardens, and longing for the crispness of Autumn. But beware, the seasons flow into each other with the greatness of ease and as we age, we must always be grateful for God's gift of gardens. I know I certainly felt His presence while gallivanting around the many gardens I visited last summer in Wales, and I look forward to many more great trips to see even more. I'll be the old lady with the cane the tour leader is guiding into the coach!