A Stone at a Time, or How Not to Plow a Field

My favorite castle in Ireland, Ballycarbery, was built one stone at a time. They did the work. Photo: Ed Lyons, 2009

Worries. Anxiety. Circular thoughts that go nowhere. When these things hit me, I head outside to the garden. Pick the beans, discard the bad leaves, plant fall spinach, kale and carrot seeds. Water. Just doing the work in God’s good earth quiets my mind every time.

As I dig my hands into the dirt, I am thinking of some of my favorite quotes about work.

“You’ll never plow a field by turning it over in your mind.” – Irish proverb

“Castles were built a stone at a time.” – Irish proverb

“Pick the potatoes yourself, Joseph; you ambitious boy.” – Far and Away, film 1992, directed by Ron Howard

So now, instead of snapping and freezing the green beans, which I was going to do, I am writing this. But that’s ok. Work is work, no matter what kind of work it is. It keeps the hands busy, the mind active on positive things.

Which reminds me of another good quote I heard a lot growing up: “Idle hands are the Devil’s playthings.”

The Enemy likes nothing better than for me to be idle, to be aimless, to worry, to fret. It breeds fear and anxiety. It is not good.

So now I will snap the beans. I am grateful. I am feeling productive. God will take care of the rest.

Love to you, Lisa

A Different Plane

Scenario:  Dismal looking day, dark and foreboding clouds overhead.  You settle into your airplane seat, buckle up, and say several prayers for safety through the weather.

The plane taxis, lifts, and ascends through the clouds. Bumps and turbulence along the way cause your heart to lurch several times.

Fifteen minutes later, you are above the cloud level.  The sky is brilliantly clear; sunlight all around.  No turbulence and clouds look angelic below your wings.  You can hardly believe it is the same day, the same sky.

Present Day:  I choose today to look beyond the clouds, beyond the turbulence and the worry.  To look up to the One who controls the skies and flight.  The Lord Jesus alone gives peace.

Love, Lisa

 

 

Just Bloom

July Tree on St. Kitts

July Tree on St. Kitts

This tree is blooming, and blooming beautifully.  Although it is just a tree, it is not worrying about tomorrow, or yesterday, just blooming now.  The tree of course benefits by not having a brain, and we are indeed blessed to be able to think and decide, to feel and to imagine.  All of these are great gifts from God, as we are made in His image.  But He doesn’t want us to worry…easier said than done, right?  As a mom, I tend to think ahead and try to micromanage, plan, prevent.  But is this worrying helping anything?  Absolutely not.  That’s why I love this quote by Corrie Ten Boom:

“Worry does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow; it empties today of its strength.”

So for this moment, I am going to try to just be, to just bloom.  Have a beautiful day!  Slainte, Lisa