Tuesday, June 28, 2011

The quiet work

I notice, when I stop and look around our garden, how quiet the Lord's work is.

There are secret goings-on. Much I cannot see.

And I notice there is much promise of what is to come.

I notice how content He is with slowness. God is so very patient with the half-hidden, ripening fruit.

I cannot tell a difference, one day to the next, looking at my tomatoes.

But they are ripening, filling, and each minute growing closer to mature. I know it because I can see the green. Their vine is alive, having everything it needs. And so there is a promise of maturity, if they remain.

I notice His work is executed with care and pride. He looks on His art with a smile. Even if only He sees it.

Even if every other living creature walks by, failing to see what He's doing,

He sees.

He knows what He's doing. He keeps caring. Shaping. Marveling at the beautiful unfolding.

That's what artists do, you know. Make beauty out of nothing. They take dust of the earth and create the extraordinary.

A true artist is satisfied to be the only one who sees, really sees a thing...a canvas, or a sculpture, or a heart...for it's loveliness.

We are so blessed to get glimpses. We can photograph a flower. We can hear a story. We can hold a hand. But these bits are flickers, like distant stars in blackness.

Whether a tender tomato or fragile heart, I think we really cannot fathom how miraculous the works of the Lord truly are.



  1. This is beautiful. I love that last line. It is so hard for us to imagine the miraculous things that God can, has, and is doing all around us. Thanks for this!

  2. This is very sweet Leslie. :)

  3. Those photos with the water on the spiderweb are amazing! I am constantly in awe of God's creation. I think we are so busy(generally speaking) in our day to day lives that many of us dont stop to appreciate the simple(yet intricate) world around us. Loved this!

  4. What a sweet post!!! It´s great to see God everywhere, right?! Kisses and God bless you.

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  6. his is so beautiful! love the pics, the words, and the sweet reminder that our Creator is at work-even when we cant see it or understand it through our finite human minds!

  7. "A true artist is satisfied to be the only one who sees, really sees a thing.. for its loveliness". and doesn't He? He is really the only one who can really see us for our loveliness. even when we can't even see it in ourselves, and we're certain no one else sees anything lovely.

    and you're so right that we can't fathom his miraculous works, all unfolding at once, everywhere.

    truly breathtaking post this morning, friend.

  8. so sweet.

    i miss you friend! life has not slowed down for one minute and i wish i was better at keeping in touch! the boys are crazy and i have a lot to tell you about it!

    also, i do want to write a guest post still! :)

  9. beautiful! and I think that he loves it when we stop to appreciate his work.

    the quiet, unseen work is usually the toughest and most valuable too, isn't it?

  10. Wow... this post is like poetry! You've got the words! Amen!!