My sister-in-law, Mitzi, recently sent me this picture of my father collecting tiny Japanese maples under the beautiful “mother” tree in her yard in Eugene, Oregon. Dad brought these two inch high seedlings home to North Carolina on the airplane and planted them in a sheltered place.
Now, fourteen years later we have several beautiful trees and so do our daughters! One even traveled north to Wheaton when Mom and Dad moved there to a retirement community. These Japanese maples are especially beautiful in the fall.
All from little seedlings.
The greatest blessing to me is the remembrance of my father whenever I see these trees.
I realized after Mitzi sent me this picture that I have reminders of my father ALL OVER OUR YARD! His handiwork is a constant reminder that my Dad lived here with us for over 8 years, and not only did he live here, but he left a legacy of beauty.
Which leads me to the next realization – my Heavenly Father has left His legacy – all creation – as a constant reminder of His presence.
Just as I look at a tree or flower that Dad planted and am reminded of him, I recognize that God, in His creative power has made all things, including humans. When I see people, I am reminded that God created humans in His image.
“Red, brown, yellow, black and white, we’re ALL precious in His sight.”
Caring for our garden and the plants Dad left here honors his memory.
Caring for other people honors God who created them.
If I am not showing love and respect for ALL people, I am not honoring the God who created them. In this time of turmoil and unrest in our country, I must do all I can to honor God by showing honor to His creation – the entire human race.
In Mark 12:30-31 Jesus answers a question from one of the religious leaders – “Which is the most important commandment?”
30 Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ 31 The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.”
When I love my neighbor as myself. I am honoring my Heavenly Father by caring for His creation.
My challenge right now is to show love to all people, not only those I agree with. Because each person is God’s handiwork and He loves them, so will I.
In My Garden with God #26