Nurturing comes in many ways.
Even if you weren’t nurtured the way you needed by the people you needed it from … someone nurtured you along the way.
And then there is sunlight, water, and having your feet planted.
Then there are the times when you do the nurturing, and you feel nurtured yourself.
Look around. There are many ways to nurture and be nurtured. Sometimes we get stuck in how we think about things. That’s because we feel the emptiness and it hurts.
Give and it shall be given.
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I planted several of these tiny seeds.
I covered them with soil.
I watered them.
I put them in a warm place.
I can’t make the seed grow. But I do my part.
In time, the seeds grow into plants.
And in about 120 days, these tiny seeds will produce.
In comparison to the Universe, you are as small as a seed.
You have something to produce.
Maybe you’ve become discouraged. You’ve lost. You’ve failed. You’ve tried over and over.
You know what? It just means you showed up.
Try new things.
It’s not all up to you. Do your part.
photo credit: Kathleen Moulton
When you think about the world suspended in blackness,
When you think about our earthly home being 2/3 water,
When you think about our smallness compared to what is largest,
You are brought to a place of realizing life is way bigger than you.
And this is a good thing.
To know God is the one who has kept us from being consumed all of this time.
Who shut up the sea behind doors when it burst forth from the womb,
when I made the clouds its garment and wrapped it in thick darkness,
when I fixed limits for it and set its doors and bars in place,
when I said, ‘This far you may come and no farther;
here is where your proud waves halt?
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June 13th was the last time we had rain. I watered the flower and vegetable garden every day, but the grass turned brown and was thirsty for rain.
I had never seen it this dry.
One day, I was watering the cucumbers and squash, and I noticed a grasshopper jumping into the spray. It just sat there, enjoying the moisture. I supposed he would crawl under a large, green leaf and drink the droplets that rested on the surface. I thought about how much it meant to an insect to have a drink.
Today it rained. Hard. With clamoring thunder, dangerous lightening, and strong wind included. But the sky had opened up and watered the earth with a vengeance. It was as if to the degree the earth was suffering, that was to the degree in which the rain had to come.
As I watched the water pool in places on the parched lawn, I thought about how welcoming it must feel for the roots struggling below.
God takes care of the earth. The rain came when it needed to come. It could have come sooner since there was visible damage. But it did not come too late.
God takes care of you. If you only knew the enormity of his unconditional love for you! The earth didn’t do anything to cause it’s drought, nor did it do anything to deserve to be watered. You are of more value than dirt.
Whatever you are going through, your heart may be very parched and dry. Your mind may be tired and your soul weary. God knows exactly when it will be time to bring you out of your distress.
He knows when to send the rain.