Normally in Colorado, when the month of September returns, gardeners and farmers have at least 21 days to prepare for our autumn and winter seasons. However, this year we had seven days to do so. On the time of writing this blog it is snowy and 34 degrees outside. Just a few days ago, in some parts, it was 101 degrees.
To completely clear the garden, on Monday of this week, I worked a total of 12 hours nonstop. I am thankful my friends at their farms, did not require my help. When I took my garden shoes off at 6:30 pm, my right foot was almost blue from the sprained toe I’ve been limping on since last Thursday. As I search for inspiration to create this note to you, right now, my foot is elevated on a soft pillow, in my warm home, which smells of baked butternut squash. Homegrown heirloom butternut squash, will make an excellent soup for teatime on this day’s late afternoon. I remain in thankfulness!
My motivation to preserve my harvest, trumps my creativity this week. I mean, I want to write so much to you. But honestly friends, I must carve out time today to make my green tomato mincemeat for winter pies. I must do this before the tomatoes start turning. I must grind the dried peppers to flake and chili powder. Seeds must be packaged. Herbs must be hung to dry. Sweet bread mixes must be created. Label for jars must be designed. Content for my upcoming videos must be written, work must be done, chapters for dissertation must be tweaked. All this and so much more…
But you know what F/friends… none of these tasks can be accomplished, unless I spend time in God’s words first.
In a recent barn-talk I had with my friend Farmer J, I explained to him how important this area of my life is to me. I fain linger on this topic, because something in me consistently tells me I need to be reminded. My days cannot get so booked that I don’t have time for this. Although I often listen to several sermons, my eyes on God’s words offer me such profound interpretations. The types of understanding that keep my head toward the sky as I walk on solid ground. Divine edicts of eternal counsel!
I opened my Bible this morning, and my fingers landed on Isaiah six. With careful thought, and a listening ear, I meditated on this chapter and returned with such great thinking.
“Like a gold ring or an ornament of gold is a wise reprover to a listening ear. Like the cold of snow in the time of harvest is a faithful messenger to those who send him; he refreshes the soul of his masters.”
~ Proverbs 25:12-13
I can’t wait to share my reflection on Isaiah six with you next week. As a messenger and servant of His good news, I so much look forward to this!
Heavenly Father, thank you for providing me with the determination to complete every task you give to me. There are times, I am just too weary or hurt to complete them or might not even finish in time or your time span. But I know you are patient with me, and I am so thankful for you. Today, I pray for every person who may become impatient of your timing in answering prayers or of you showing your mercy. I know you love every one of your children God. Your fairness exceeds any pattern of disbelief or despair that I may occasionally hold. May my ears and eyes continue to be open. May my hands consistently to do your good works. And, my feet always walk toward you. This, all said in the name of all that you are…The Father, the son, and Holy Ghost! Amen.
You may listen to this prayer below:
I’ll see you next week,