July 7, 2012
Welcome to our Saturday meme hosted by Colleen at Thoughts on Grace. How wonderful it is to think upon those times during the week when we rested in the Lord or found Him in the ordinary!
This week has been sooo hot, with temps up to 108° or more in the shade every day. The grass is brown and dry. If somebody drives by and flicks a cigarette into the yard, the whole place will go up in smoke faster than lightening. The tomato plants are blooming but don’t set bud. The leaves are turning yellow, brown and dry. All the tomatoes we are currently harvesting started before the oppressive heat. Some of the veggies are getting sunburned. (I wish I could afford a greenhouse!)
The zucchini plant gave up the ghost after producing only one worthy fruit. I’ve been praying for rain and thanking God for what he has given us so far in terms of harvest. We’ve been able to share with friends and neighbors in spite of the heat, which is one reason why I plant so many veggies. Last night we got a good rain so this morning hubby doesn’t have to water. Thank you, Lord. Now please bring back the practice of Rogation Days!
Thursday the transformer on our street gave out and everybody was without electricity for over two hours. It doesn’t sound too bad, but considering it was well over 100°, even though the house was cooler, with no air moving inside we were pouring sweat. I thought I better thank God for air conditioning and for the shakes we got at Braums during the blackout. It’s funny how adversity highlights the blessings we have forgotten, isn’t it?
Both the problems with gardening and the occasional blackouts we experience as a matter of course in our town have strengthened my resolve to thank God for all the things I’ve been taking for granted and to remind myself that He is in charge and has His reasons for everything. I don’t need to know what they are, I just need to be grateful.
Staying on the straight and narrow
A few quotes from today’s meditation in Divine Intimacy are laced with thoughts derived from St. Augustine. My Sabbath Moments throughout the day often revolve around the morning’s spiritual reading. Father Gabriel writes:
How much we need to unite our inconstant and changeable will to the immutable will of God! The more we try to will only what God wills, to love only what He loves, the more will our will be freed from its inconstancy and become fixed in good…
…The passing moment should be lived in view of the eternity which awaits us. Let us not waste our time gathering treasures that “the rust and moth consume (Mt. 6:19), but let us lay up treasures which will remain in eternity; let us accumulate grace and love which will be the measure of our eternal glory.
Furthermore, in adhering to God alone, the immutable and eternal One, the soul finds that stability, peace and security which it would seek in vain in changeable, transitory creatures.
Stability, peace and security sound really good to me. Obsession with anything in life robs us of those three things and takes us from the straight and narrow. So I won’t obsess about the garden or the heat and drought but rather will concentrate on the one thing I can control: conforming my will to God’s will. Pax tecum.
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