Saturday, April 28, 2012

Tending the Tender Shoots

The land too poor for any other crop,
is best for raising men. ~ R. Pocock

It's such a blessing to live above the fertile valleys of Kent, Auburn, Puyallup, Sumner & Orting.   In days gone by they were the destination of many a Sunday driver, as well as the gateway to National Forests that are, even today, breath-taking in their beauty. 

These rural realms lay in a direct path between the stately Mt. Rainier and the city of Seattle.  All along the way the land is dotted with farms, fields, dairies & ranches, where even today a profusion of crops make ready for Spring & Summer harvests; crops like Daffodil, Hyacinth & Tulip bulbs.  Dill Weed & Alfalfa.  Cucumbers.  Raspberry & Blueberry vines.  From certain views the expanse of flowers looks more like a carpeted scene from Holland than this locale so near a booming metropolis.

One thing's certain:  the unseeing eye has not beheld even half the labor that's gone into the valley's prolific profusions. 

I feel a lot like those fields.  The soil of my soul has been tilled, amended, seeded & watered.  It's warmed by the sun; relieved by the gray cloud cover.  In some quarters there are tender shoots just now beginning to break through the surface.  In another patch are fully developed flowers, though not yet sturdy-of-stock enough to be cut or harvested.  Nothing is eager to be loosened.   

It's just where I am.  Laboring and tending.  I can hardly wait to observe the yield.  It's coming.

The master's eye is the best fertilizer. ~ Pliny the Elder


skoots1mom said...

oh the seeds...and His are the first fruits ;)

Thoughts for the day said...

Breathtaking pictures and beauty. You could frame them for your wall. thank you for sharing them.

Debbie said...

How beautiful this part of the country, it is. So different from Arizona and yet so beautiful in its own unique way. I love the analogy with your soul. So much goes on inside of us beneath the surface. God is at work and I love when His love comes out to others.

Love you,

Pain to Purpose said...


Sonja said...

In your particular case, I am also waiting, to see what kind of yield He is forming from the crops of your life. I know it's going to be good!! And in the meantime, you are blessing us through your words on this page, over and over.


Maryann said...

Something to look forward to, isn't it?

Denise said...

Very lovely.

elaine @ peace for the journey said...

You are a liver and lover of life, Sassy. Your heart is settled and at rest and your beauty well-placed in a garden of growing seed.

I just wish we could share life together face-to-face. You are such a help to me and your faith a beautiful strength for those of us who are struggling to see fruit.

Love you, friend.


Glenda said...

Beautiful! The Master Gardener is at work . . . the fruits will come!

Jackie said...

Beautiful, Kathleen! I too can hardly wait to observe the yield. And it will be beautiful....tended by the Masters heart and hand, watered with His word and lovingly tilled and turned to bring forth His beauty in our lives.

Thanks for sharing. Have a wonderful week!



Just a little something from Judy said...

What a loving, caring and masterful Gardener we have. I thank Him often for your garden and for the way He is tending the soil of your life. Through His growing, I(and many others), are being blessed.

Saleslady371 said...

Indeed it is coming and it will be a mighty harvest. Beautiful post.