Many people are in a perpetual frenzy from day to day. Always concerned about health, mortgage, car payment, taxes, etc, etc - - infinite item ad nausea. Few people take time just for themselves. Time to relax, time to spend with their Bible and God, time with family. I know people who are in a constant turmoil from pay-day to pay-day, juggling bills in an effort to save money for that dream car and a dream vacation.

       I am now mid-way in my eighth decade in my sojourn on God's foot-stool hurling it's way through space. How well I remember my Dad teaching all his children that life is lived one day at a time, to not fret about yesterday --- it is gone, nor of tomorrow --- we have no control of it until it is here. My Dad was such a laid-back person, whom I wish to emulate in many ways. But, as I already know, my purpose in life is to emulate my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. 

       St. Francis of Assisi, while hoeing his garden one day, was asked what he would do if he were told he was going to die at sundown replied, "I would finish hoeing my garden." A similar story is told about Martin Luther. He was asked, "What would you do if you knew for sure that the Lord was coming tonight?" In Martin Luther's normal quick impetuous manner, he replied, "I'd go out into my garden and plant an apple tree." - he would be about his ordinary business.

       We are living in unsettled days. If each of us could emulate some of the great heroes of the Christian faith --- to name only a few: Hudson Taylor, C. S. Louis, D. L.Moody, Billy Sundae --- both we and the world around us would be better off.

       Because of the insecurity and uncertainty of our times too many are inclined to stop "hoeing their gardens." Many ask, "Why go to college ---  why strive to improve ---  when a nuclear threat is breathing down our necks?"  Why, many ask, plan for a future which may never come?  The true Christian has an answer to that question: God is still on the throne;  Christ is still sitting at God's right side as the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords!!  God has given all a life to live --- and a task to do.  God in His word admonishes us in Ecclesiastes 9:10 (NKJV): "Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with your might ." --- keep hoeing your garden!! 

       God has asked us to make the best of the present --- and we can be certain He will make the best of the future.

       Just a thought across the garden gate by Parson Don.                     


                                                                                                          Updated Feb 26, 2018

                                     © 2009-2020 by Donald R. "Don" Brown, of Farmington, MO - U.S.A
                This site may be freely linked, but not duplicated in any way without permission   
       Each devotional was written by Parson Don Brown, and inspired under God's Direction
                                                                                                       Website designs by Marv 



Thoughts Across the Garden Gate Devotionals by Don Brown How to beat cancer naturally