Wednesday, April 4, 2012

"Morning Has Broken"

"Morning has Broken"... the lyrics to this familiar song echo in our garden lately. Maidenhair ferns lift their bowed heads out of moist earth, hostas stretch up from a long winter’s nap, piercing their earthbed canopy with tiny green fingertips and dandelions everywhere yawn with bright faced smiles and then exhale feather seeds of new life to faraway places.
Oh, everyone in the garden is so ready to" get up and go". They have new lives to live and new spring clothes to wear!
The saucer magnolia unzips her slim skirt husk that held a tight embrace on her all winter long ...

revealing a gossamer gown of petals that cascade down the length of her sinewy branches ...

and a bustle that gracefully gathers the soft folds from behind.

All of this new attire in the garden is a wardrobe change of sorts. A shedding of the old and an embracing of the new.

Just weeks ago this garden was hard, dry, barren dirt. Void of any signs of life. Then the silent stirrings began and the earth gave way to dormant seeds bursting with life inside. Everything that was hidden suddenly sprang to life. The same can happen to you. New life and potential, hidden within you, can emerge from your hard, dry, barren places. So, let this ancient promise water your garden today and refresh your spirit to receive all that God has planned for you:

"Forget about what's happened; don't keep going over old history.
Be alert, be present. I'm about to do something brand-new.
It's bursting out! Don't you see it?
There it is! I'm making a road through the desert,
rivers in the badlands. Isaiah 43:19

Shedding the old & slipping into our new spring clothes,
The Velvet Lime Girls