To have patience.
To lie in wait.
This autumn magnolia tree already has it’s buds ready for next spring. Why does this happen? The tree’s buds are encased in a heavy fur scale, Soft on the outside with little silver hairs and extremely hard underneath protecting the tender bud.
But why are we seeing buds in autumn? It’s not spring yet.
Yes, that’s correct. Think about the beauty in this design…..take a moment and fall in love with it.
Long nights trigger the tree to stop growth and food production. The tree loses its leaves, the energy factory. The tree is dormant all winter. Then when spring arrives, the ground is still frozen. How can the tree draw up water for production? After dormancy, the tree has no leaves. Where can the tree get energy to produce buds?
Because the tree produced the bud in late summer and designed a hard shell to protect it, it’s ready to explode in spring. They’re like little energy packets ready to go.
Isn’t that amazing?
Something we learn in grade school still takes my breath away. I hope I never cease to be amazed by nature.
Buds at rest.
Neighbor’s magnolia tree.
The way nature can lie in wait, teaches me patience. I fail often with patience because I have this illusion of control. Many times instead of waiting, I take over, thinking I am in control. Maybe waiting is most beneficial thing to do?
Do you have an amazing aspect of nature you can share? Something that still takes your breath away?
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Sitting before the clearing
distant autumn trees array like wallpaper.
along with my thoughts.
Something about the clearing allows the thoughts to linger.
A heavy idle.
As darkness falls
taunting me with should have dones.
Agony makes warfare.
I ask the Light for help.
I whisper back to the clearing….
the fog recedes.
Peace as an infantry
Agony has no chance.
Serenity swells my heart
there is no more room for fog.
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Weathered but strong for the moment
A safe space made by man.
Time and the elements will destroy
But God in the heart of man, a safe space forevermore.
For no force against can deploy.
My watercolor was made from this picture I took at CITW of a birdhouse on the fringe of a field with dried goldenrods still bobbing their heads in the breeze. It was peaceful to look at and I contemplate the story behind…think of the hands that made the birdhouse and the successful broods of birds now alive and flourishing because of this man made safe space.
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The cemetery guaranteed a quiet visit.
I parked on the side of the road and found myself under a tangled web of branches. One tree overlaps knotting and twisting, melting into the adjacent, interlaced in the air.
Icy twigs clank in the brisk gust. Is it the sound of chaos? No. Look on the horizon.
I love to study trees in the cemetery. With the low volume of visitors, you can always position yourself or your car just right to examine whichever tree captures your interest.
On this day I found myself under an arch of twigs. One tree disappears into the other and cannot be differentiated. It reminds me of our complicated lives. Sometimes our problems do not reveal an end. And sometimes we cannot recall when the beginning even started. Or there are so many of them that you don’t even know where to begin. That is precisely the moment when you hand your disordered mess over. Think of gazing on gentle eyes when you read what Jesus calmly said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” Matt 19:26
So friends, go to Him who are weary and heavy laden. Cast your cares like you are throwing a rock onto a stilled, mirrored lake and watch the ripples race like vespers reaching heaven.
May you have a happy, safe, and worry free new year.
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An overnight storm blankets the earth and covers each bough, each twig,
But midday sun breaks snow’s grip.
As dollops of ice and snow slide off,
Lower branches become chords to this tree harp.
Various high pitched chimes ring in the frosty air.
I let the crystal notes swirl.
I am pine’s biggest fan.
As a Christmas Gift to you, I am offering this artwork.
It has the words “Merry Christmas” and “John 3:16” so that we can keep our minds focused on the real meaning of the season: For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
Your sins has been bought at a high price. May the free gift of Jesus’ sacrifice be your salvation and peace forever more.
Click here for a full resolution .PDF of Merry Christmas Pine
The link is a 5.5×7″ .PDF file that is around 12MB. You can print it on card stock to make cards.
If you would like a .JPG file (7MB) so that you can send it to Walgreen’s and have them make cards, click here for a full resolution .JPG of Merry Christmas Pine.
Another screen will open, right click on the picture and select: “Save Image As”, then save it in your computer.
Have a beautiful and safe Holiday Season, Friends!
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