‘It takes both sunshine and rain to make a rainbow’ – I’m sure you have heard that one before. But did you know it takes sunshine and rain to grow roses? I mean, seriously, I did know that. But I was so focused on the individual elements that I couldn't see them working together – in my own front garden.
We had sun, so much sun. The plants we wanted to grow in our garden were really struggling. Only the weeds seemed to thrive. Then we had rain, so much rain. And when that got done drowning everything, all I could see were those thriving weeds.
The sun came out again. It was hot and humid. So I stayed indoors with the fan.
Now it’s raining again. A lot.
We were getting ready to go out. I was almost at the front gate when they waved at me. Two most perfect little rose buds. I looked up at the dark clouds looming overhead and ran inside to grab the scissors. The rain was not going to ruin these. We would enjoy them inside instead.
Apparently my eyes have not been working so well. The more I looked, the more I saw. Initially, I had planned on collecting just two rose buds to enjoy. I came back inside with a handful numbering twenty one!
That friends, right there, is heart medicine. The kind God prescribes.
Here’s another dose…
Six years ago, I sat and bawled my eyes out to the Newsboys singing ‘Blessed Be Your Name’. My (then) four year old looked at me worriedly and told me not to cry. He was too young to understand that Mummy and Daddy so desperately wanted him to have a little sister or brother (ok, we were leaning very heavily on the sister side). It wasn't happening as easily as we had hoped.
I took some pictures a few days ago. Despite the blurriness, they are too good not to share.
Here is my (now) four year old dancing his little heart out to the Newsboys singing ‘Blessed Be Your Name’.
He doesn't understand why Mummy has a tear in her eye either.
Got a moment of blessing you'd like to share? Tell us all about it in the comments below.