Grace & Beauty for a Cloudy Day

And the Lord God planted a garden in Eden, in the east; and there he put the human whom he had formed. Out of the ground the Lord God made to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight and good for food, the tree of life also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. – Genesis 2:8-9

DSC_1647Today (Tuesday May 5th) is a cool, dreary day here in Wake Forest. Rain, clouds, and temperatures not expected to reach above 60-degrees. It kind of fits the mood, as a sense of general weariness settles in.

No, we’re not hard hit like many places; but this constant state of pause, of being on hold, of marking time is beginning to wear down the edges of people’s souls, and I can see everything is getting a little raw.

So I grabbed my Nikon SLR and I walked around our garden to take some photographs of the evidences of life, and renewal, and promise. We don’t have spectacular banks of flowers, or the extravagant splash of color the azalea bushes and dogwood trees made a few weeks ago (click here for some of that), but it is beautiful nonetheless, especially if you know how to look.

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And that, friends, is today’s “takeaway”. We have to look with deliberate intention, with open hearts, and with open spirits. “God’s revealing evidence is everywhere,” Fred Rogers said to late night television’s Arsenio Hall, “you just have to look for it.”

Just a walk around the garden, seeing flowers, and trees, and plants, and a few herbs. Here is some of that evidence. Click on the first image below and run through the slides.

May this revealing evidence fill your possibly gray day with light and with grace – DEREK

 

 

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Derek has published seven books in the past decade (you can find them at https://www.amazon.com/Derek-Maul/e/B001JS9WC4), and there’s always something new in the works.

Before becoming a full-time writer, Derek taught public school in Florida for eighteen years, including cutting-edge work with autistic children. He holds bachelor’s degrees in psychology and education from Stetson University and the University of West Florida.

Derek is active in teaching at his church: adult Sunday school, and a men’s Bible study/spiritual formation group. He enjoys the outdoors, traveling, photography, reading, cooking, playing guitar, and golf.

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