Sunday, June 24, 2012
The Giver of Bounty
Thriving backyard gardens. Colorful farmer’s markets. Seasonal fresh fruit offered in restaurants. Just a few signs of summer’s bounty in full swing.
Other than our strawberry patch, Don and I don’t garden, but we’ve enjoyed watching our daughter Kristin and son-in-law Shawn start one. We also love to poke around my Dad’s garden when we get the chance. Dad has always had a garden so I guess Kristin has inherited that desire to work in the dirt from him. Sadly, the green thumb gene skipped a generation with me.
As we all enjoy the beauty and the nourishing benefits of growing and thriving gardens this summer, let’s think of the above verse from Psalms and remember the One who makes the bounty possible. He is not only crowning our year with good garden produce, but he’s blessing our lives with abundance in other areas as well.
For example, I’m rejoicing this month in a wonderful blessing God has orchestrated for Kristin and Shawn—an upcoming trip to New York City this summer! When good things happen to my kids, it’s almost like they happen to me. Bet you feel the same way.
We've seen great blessing in the lives of my extended family as well this month. God brought my new little great-nephew through an unexpected health crisis recently, and we are all praising God for his watchcare over baby Luke.
God has also brought bounty into my writing life over the past few weeks with the good news that a couple of my articles have been accepted for publication. Believe me, when a writer goes for a period of months without good news, a couple of acceptances is indeed a bounty worth celebrating. Writer friends, am I right?
These are just a few current examples from my life. If I listed the bounty of an entire year, I’d have to do it in installments! Now that I think about it, my gratitude journal is one way of doing this.
What about you? How has God crowned your year with bounty? What abundance has he blessed you with lately? Join me, won’t you, in giving him glory for the good things he’s doing in our lives. I’m all ears!