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I’ll be honest. I don’t like gardening. Ok, let me qualify that-I would enjoy planting some green beans to munch on, maybe some peas too if I’m really daring, but generally speaking, I don’t like gardening. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy the beauty of other people’s gardens, and can appreciate the effort and creativity that goes into designing and maintaining a good garden. But I have no inclination to plant one myself.
Living in Texas, where it is hotter than you-know-where for a good portion of the year may play some part in my reluctance. Once something is planted here, it becomes a battle to keep it alive. Skip watering your plants for a day, and they start to wither. Miss a few days, and they will die altogether. Coming from the Pacific Northwest, this takes some getting used to. I understand it intellectually-the climate is different-but it still seems somehow wrong to me.
Romans 5:1-5 “Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom also we have obtained our introduction by faith into this grace in which we stand; and we exult in hope of the glory of God. And not only this, but we also exult in our tribulations, knowing that tribulation brings about perseverance; and perseverance, proven character; and proven character, hope; and hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out within our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us.” NASB
Thinking about hope tonight. I guess it is an unstated yet underlying theme in some of my other posts, when talking about the challenges of life. But I wanted to focus on the positive side of things here. The passage above talks about tribulations, but it also talks about positive things being born from those tribulations. Perseverance. Proven character. And hope. “And hope does not disappoint…”
We have peace with God. His love is in our hearts through the Holy Spirit. We have a rich hope indeed.
So there it is. I don’t have any long-winded commentary to offer you tonight here. But whatever is going on in your life, know that there is hope. Be encouraged.
p.s. This post was partially inspired by a song by for King & Country called “Crave”. Have a listen, and I hope you enjoy it.
Hi All! Sorry for my online absence for the past week and a half. I’ve been on vacation and haven’t had much access to the internet. Regular blogging will return next week. 🙂