It’s all in Perspective & Purpose

I used to not like summer at all. Way too hot! The mugginess got to me, giving me headaches, and the lazy days just dragged on forever.. And all that mud in the spring was enough to stir dread of the next round, almost before the season was over… and what a way to precede summer!

Fall was pretty good; nice and cool with colourful leaves, but then boring and cold after the leaves fell. Winter seemed the perfect season. Cold, yes, but the beauty of pure white everywhere… and what’s better than looking out at all that prettiness with a cup of hot cocoa? Not to mention surfing snow drifts with a little car.. So winter was it. My favourite season.

That was all before last summer… in the days when I considered myself to be anything but a gardener. But that all changed when we did our front yard in August 2014. It was a bit of a ‘hope it looks okay mosaic piece of art’ I brainstormed even as we spent a week slaving over it. To my relief, it looked pretty good, when all was said and done. And I found myself looking forward to when the plants had taken deeper root.

This year, with time and nurturing, it’s all been stunning! I like sitting on my front porch for my morning coffee, or watch the birds steal drinks from the fountain, on a hot day, or sit on my bench. And I enjoy cool evenings, with nature alive around me…. except the misquitos… they chase me back in and I wouldn’t mind at all if they were less alive.

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In a few weeks I plan on popping in a bunch of spring-flower-bulbs I’ve never had before… And I find myself thinking about next spring and totally looking forward to it already! … and here I sit, on a beautiful fall evening, loving life, loving my garden, and loving the season….

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Life is like that… everything takes on meaning, with just a slight change in perspective. Hot days are not so hot, when there is a purpose, like growing flowers. And the hard times, when it feels like there’s mud everywhere, and we feel stuck and purposeless…. and then the flowers begin to poke out of that mud, as new life unfolds, having pushed through that dark and hopeless places… and the realization strikes that life is birthed in dark regions… and that life seems that much more glorious, in contrast.

Season by season, the awareness registers that we become stronger and more whole, with the experience of the years. Whether in committed relationship, or wisdom, or any other growth… Just like the Delphiniums grow taller and stronger, with each passing year, so we grow with trials, struggles and tragedies. Sure, sometimes the struggles knock us down–like the heavy rains and winds this summer, knocking down those electric blue flowers, breaking stems–and we feel lifeless. But like my flowers, that bounced back in full bloom this fall, our spirits are resilient, and we rise again.

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And, with time, we embrace the changing season and the up and down of life, weeping now and then when it’s hard, but mostly loving life and realizing that every experience serves a purpose. And our trust in God is strengthened with the awareness that He loves us in every season, in the rise and fall of our humanity. He is not daunted by it, neither is He swayed. He simply is. He is God. He is good. He is love.

Love,
~ T ~

© Trudy Metzger

In Every Dark Place…

In every dark place, there is a Light. In every tragedy, Hope. In every trial, Victory… If only you will reach out to the One who redeems all things. Jesus.

This Light is, at times, hard to see. The hope, often, lies hidden behind the darkest of feelings, waiting for enough light to shine so it can burst through, like those first flowers in spring, fighting through the cold earth and snow, to offer a promise of new life ahead. And the victory is not always a glorious jump into the air, cheering loudly. Sometimes that victory is a mere cry for deeper faith to see the Light in that very dark place.

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Never give up. Jesus said He will always be with you–‘For lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the world‘, reiterating what the Father said when He promised never to leave you or forsake you. When you have lost the courage to believe in any other thing, this one truth will simply exist, whether you believe it or not; you are never alone. And when you are too weak to believe it, I will believe for you.

Jesus. He is our Light, our Hope and our Victory!

Love

~ T ~

© Trudy Metzger

Holy Essential Oil

The darkness grows darker… the Light grows brighter… almost glaring.
But the blind see neither darkness nor light; their eyes are closed. And the ‘essential oil’ that heals, restoring sight, stands at their finger tips, but they refuse to stretch out their hands,
afraid of what they will have to face, if ever once their eyes see.

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John 3:19 (NKJV)
19 And this is the condemnation, that the light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.

The blind stumble, not willing to see, not willing to know that it is only then, with perfect vision, all our sins laid before us, before Jesus, that darkness scatters. Only then can we truly see Jesus, and the price He paid for those sins, and all else is lost behind the wonder of His Love and Grace.

John 3:17 (NKJV)
17 For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.

All this love is for you and for me, because of God’s great compassion for us. God Himself, stepped into our planet in physical for, through the body of Jesus Christ, to dwell among us. Jesus… Emmanuel; God with us. Do you understand what that means? God, Himself, walked with the disciples. God, Himself, wept for those who ‘didn’t get it’. God, Himself, touched the leper… said ‘Neither do I condemn you, go and sin no more’ to the woman in adultery. God, Himself, spoke to the Samaritan woman who had already had 5 husbands and was now with one who was not her husband. And God, Himself, walked that path to the cross. The soul of Jesus felt every agony and grief. The Spirit of God, contained in that body, strengthened Him. And the physical body–the shell we all get in the here and now–suffered, just as our body suffers. And the Holy Spirit–that Holy essential healing oil–was not unleashed on God’s people until after the death of Christ, because the Spirit was contained in the body of Jesus Christ,. And the very Spirit who dwelt in Christ, dwells in believers today. That is dynamite!

John 7:38-39 (NKJV)
38 He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.” 39 But this He spoke concerning the Spirit, whom those believing[a] in Him would receive; for the Holy Spirit was not yet given, because Jesus was not yet glorified.

All of this, pulled together, means this: We are sinful creatures. But we don’t need to be afraid of God; He loves us, and came to save us, not to condemn. We can lay all our sins before Him, in repentance, knowing He has already forgiven, and it is in us receiving what Jesus did on the cross, that we apply that forgiveness, and we are set free. Tragically, the condemnation of many religious people has communicated to the world a very angry, ruthless God. But God, who would have every right to condemn because of His holiness, did not come to the world to condemn; He came to save us and restore all things to Himself. All for Love. This means we can trust God, just as we can trust Jesus, if only we will let the Light of Truth–God’s truth, directly from His Word–shine into our hearts and minds, without the manipulations of people who have an agenda.

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John 3:16-19 (NKJV)
16 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. 17 For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.
18 “He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. 19 And this is the condemnation, that the light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.

Today I choose Jesus; I choose Light, and I choose that healing oil. He stands between me, and my sins. Sins I laid bare before Him, and before the world, nothing hidden. And as I did, the Light shone so brightly, that I could see only the Him, my sins having vanished… their power lost in that pure light.

Choose Light. He has more than enough Love to cover your sins.

Love

~ T ~

© Trudy Metzger

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