Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Morning Glories

I found them in the kitchen cabinet that has become the repository for all our miscellaneous “stuff.” They were hidden behind the plastic cup filled with old pens and pencils, waiting patiently for me to remember. Two packets of Morning Glory seeds trapped in their little paper envelopes.

The day I purchased them I had visions of a garden fence filled with green vines and glorious blooms. Now I planted them without much hope of ever realizing that dream. They had been neglected for far too long.

I tried not to look too often, but I couldn't resist checking on them every once in a while. Days went by with no sign of life along the little fence line.

One morning, after a good rain, I noticed tiny green spears sticking sticking out of the dirt. There weren't many at first, but each day there were a few more. Once out of the ground, they seemed to grow at lightning speed. With very little care, they were growing into sweet little plants.

As they got a bit older, they began putting out long tendrils that reached for something to grab hold of. If I was going to have a fence filled with beautiful Morning Glories, I would need to get more involved. I began gently winding the little vines around the fence wires so they would know which way to climb. Left to their own devices, they would latch on to the closest thing and begin winding their way in a different direction. They were growing beautifully. They just needed a little guidance.

I find it so in my own life. There have been times I have gone off in a direction of my own choosing. Other things have looked attractive or were simply easier to follow.

Thankfully, I have a Father who gently guides me back to the place of blessing - the place He has for me.

"The Lord says, 'I will guide you along the best pathway for your life. I will advise you and watch over you.'"
Psalm 32:8



Jennifer said...

Beautiful Linda! I just love to watch my garden in amazement of what God blesses us with. Little beautiful wonderful gifts... all with a bit of guidance from HIM. :)

Dawn said...

So good!

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Laura said...

Dear Linda,
What a lovely post...and it is no coincidence that these flowers are called "morning glory" for His glory shines new for us each and every morning!

Nancy said...

I read your words and imagine you to have a gentle, encouraging voice. I imagine your gentle hand guiding the vines, and that gives me a lovely picture of my Father's hand on my life. I, too, have packets of morning glory seeds tucked into a kitchen cabinet. Why is that?

Sandy said...

Thank you for such a sweet and inspiring
word today, Linda. Our Morning Glories
are just beginning to bloom now, too.
We also had forgotten about planting
ours when we did the other plants. Now
it's exciting to see new flowers coming
in when some of the others, like the
day lilies, are finishing their growth

Heather said...

Linda, how do you DO that??!! How do you take the everyday and weave it into something so profound... so meaningful... so perfect?! However, you do it, I'm so glad you do! Because I'm blessed again, dear friend... blessed again.

Happy gardening, and well wishes for more glorious blooms :)

Maria said...

Hi Linda!
Morning Glories are so beautiful... Your words, the way you describe the seeds "trapped in their paper envelopes..."
What a word picture!
I'm so glad your nurturing and caring transformed them into the beautiful plants they were designed by God to be...
Thank you for such a beautiful analogy ... it touches our hearts today~
...including the part about the gentle guidance...
sometimes I think I need trumpets LOL... but I appreciate His whispers!
*Blessings to you, always*

grammy said...

so true about letting God guide us
Glad you had a great family visiting trip (o:

Maria said...

Hi Linda!
Thank you for your sweet visits...

I saw the weather map today and
Texas was dark orange {really high temps}
Oh I hope you get some cool breeze!

Maxine said...

There is nothing like beautiful flowers to remind us of our God and of His care. I enjoyed reading this, Linda.

Laura said...

They are beautiful...just like your life, Linda. What a lovely reflection. I need that kind of guidance, sometimes I just don't like it!

I hope you are doing well, my friend. Enjoy these fast-fading days of summer!

Denisa said...

I am so thankful to God for leading me to your blog today. I've been searching for a blog like this. Thank you for sharing the Lord's light.

emily wierenga said...

you don't know how i needed this right now. xo

Bev said...

what a lovely post...i traveled over from emily's blog, glad to have discovered you...