“To wait with openness and trust is an enormously radical attitude toward life. It is choosing to hope that something is happening for us that is far beyond our own imaginings. It is giving up control over our future and letting God define our life.” Henri Nouwen
My garden calls me to remember much about waiting with openness and trust – to choose hope. All around me are signs of beginnings and growth. Not all happen when I predict. Many don’t develop on the same time-table as previously experienced. But if I am attentive, the astonishing beauty and meaning is indeed beyond my own imagining.
Yesterday I planted Pineapple Sage, Bee Balm, Stevia, and Lime Balm as well as Genovese Basil. Most years we have close to a dozen varieties of basil alone, and we have mounds of oregano and mint. Cilantro and dill are beginning to bolt to flower since we have had such warm weather. Of all the herbs, I love rosemary best for its symbolism of faithfulness and remembrance. Whether I brush against it in the garden or bruise it before sprinkling over something roasting on the grill, the pungent fragrance calls me to remember God’s faithfulness.
Our granddaughters are a joy for many reasons. One of those reasons is the way they express their own joy. On Saturday, long before we had fun coloring Easter eggs, and certainly before Easter morning with the excitement of baskets and the donning of frothy pink dresses, Maddie took the sidewalk chalk out to decorate our front walk. She worked on several Easter egg drawings, but at the beginning of the sidewalk, she drew the pink cross you see in this photograph. If you look very closely, you can see at the top what she thinks the cross means. “Jesus Loves You.”