Notes from Jan

God’s Greenhouse

June 25, 2016

Years ago, we produced a variety show at Gordon College called the Black and Blue Review.  The faculty and staff came together to do a spoof of the student’s  popular Blue and White(school colors) show.

One year we worked off of songs from Sesame Street.  Betsy Stine and I stayed up late rewriting lyrics and plotting ways to lure faculty on stage.  We took Kermit’s  song and rewrote it as, “It’s not easy bein’ Dean”, to be sung by the Deans of Chapel, Faculty and Students.  Fun times.

The other day, as I drove by a florist shop, I noticed artificial flower arrangements on display in front of the store.  Seems a bit like selling gravestones outside doctor’s offices.  Why bother going inside? True, it’s not easy being green, growing plants, especially if one travels frequently.  Personally, it’s challenging to stay green and flourishing as I age, let alone any plants left to my care.

I’m better at floral arranging than gardening.  Just ask my neighbor, Beth, the gardener. This morning, even the paper towels provided gardening wisdom through printed sayings,”Gardening is a way of showing you believe in tomorrow” and  “You can bury a lot of troubles digging in the dirt.”

Makes me think about Psalm 92:12-14 “But the godly will flourish like palm trees and grow strong like the cedars of Lebanon.  For they are transplanted to the Lord’s own house.  They flourish in the courts of our God.  Even in old age they will still produce fruit; they will remain vital and green.” NLT

The godly part’s worrisome but the thought of flourishing  in God’s greenhouse, tended by God?

That I love and need.

God’s MiracleGrow.

So I ask myself, “How goes the flourishing or am I too content with being no-care fake?”


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