With all of the hustle and bustle of the on-coming holiday season, stress is often passed around like a a bad cold during flu season. Well, not only have I caught the stress-bug it has been an all around tough month for me both mentally and spiritually. I tend to be one of those people who bottle up emotions and put them on a shelf to “deal with” later. The problem with this is that I never get around to dealing with those emotions. I just keep piling hurt, annoyances, pain, stress, etc, on that shelf until one day there is no room left. On that day something as small as running out of ketchup for my french fries makes the whole shelf come tumbling down. If there is ever a time when I pity those within my direct line of fire, it is when mamma’s shelf falls. Thank God for my husband who always does a great job helping me work through all of my bottled up junk and my best friend Jenny who doesn’t always tell me what I want to hear but rather what I need to hear. However sometimes we need to seek peace before that shelf gets full. So today I walked outside and worked in my garden as I prayed.
I was immediately reminded of Job. Job 12:7-10 says “But ask the animals, and they will teach you, or the birds of the air, and they will tell you; or speak to the earth, and it will teach you, or let the fish of the sea inform you. Which of all these does not know that the hand of the LORD has done this? In his hand is the life of every creature and the breath of all mankind.” As I look out on my garden and the nature all around me I am constantly reminded of how beautiful His works are. All I can think about is that this Earth is a priceless masterpiece from the greatest artist of all time and if I am a living on this Earth than I am a part of that priceless masterpiece. As I sit on the ledge of my raised bed, pruning my tomato plants I am given peace knowing that this too shall pass.
2 Corinthians 4: 17-18 “For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.”