Tuesday, 22 November 2011

A Beautiful Summer

Several people have commented on how beautiful the flowers are this summer. Our garden is sadly devoid of these lovely additions at the moment, but the thought caused me to look around and to see that, yes, it is a beautiful summer - it is the handiwork of the Lord! And it is by His Grace that our eyes have been opened to a far greater beauty than any summer could boast: the beauty of the Lord Jesus, our Saviour and King, the Name above all Names.
"One thing I have desired of the Lord, that will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the Lord, and to enquire in His temple" (Ps. 27:4).
The wonder is, that we can behold the beauty of the Lord anywhere. Not just where our surroundings are beautiful with flowers and peaceful, sun-swept views, but in places that have been stripped bare and made ugly by the ravages of war, and pestilence, and famine, and natural disaster.
What is more wonderful, is that the more ugly, and 'war-torn', and stripped and bare we are in heart and spirit, the more glorious and radiant shines the Lord in His beauty! And if we turn from our own ugliness and from all hope in the flesh, from trying to improve that ugliness, and look unto Jesus - then, we are not just beholders from afar, but we are "dwellers in His house"! May this be the desire of our hearts, to dwell in His house.
But how I have wrestled and seen, and how you must also have seen, that this desire to seek cannot come from our own stiff-necked, proud and cold hearts! There is nothing good in our flesh, no, not one good thing. Even a thirst for the Lord Jesus, to drink from His living water, cannot come from ourselves but from Him. He is the giver of all good, and we come to Him, not by our own effort, but by His unmerited, amazing grace. By His calling... Him reaching down, when we cannot possibly reach up.
We know this truth by His Grace, yet just to write this today, to go back to those Scriptures and meditate upon the Grace of God, is a great blessing, and renewal, and encouragement. The coming of a new season made me look up with new eyes, and see that the greatest beauty and gift we have been given, One Whose beauty can never wane as this summer beauty will, is our Lord Jesus Christ.
Here are a few memories, so far, of the warmer months.

New projects, such as this one :)

New skills (and there are a lot of new things to learn, at the age of 4!

New Australian native flowers, blossoming at the approach of the new moon
Longer days, with the sun rising early and setting late

Well, this certainly isn't picturesque - but it is a necessity, and a necessary part of
summer! Especially with three young boys growing, both in stature and appetite :)

As the dam water recedes, interesting treasures are being left behind such as this
old motor.

The calves are loving the warmer weather, such as this one - having a nice afternoon

Bessie, finally, appears to be in calf, and Lord willing will calve in three months or so. High time
for Lotus to have a break!

Here is Pie, very close to lambing, having a good rub on the fence.

The milking bail is in full-time use at the moment, and needs a good oiling soon

Here is Lotus' calf. I did originally christen him 'Herbert', but somehow he has ended up
with the more familiar title, 'Little Boy'!

There are lots of baby joeys around, but this one didn't deign to show his face -
although you can see the bump where he resides!

The 'boys' are growing fast, although Toby, in the background, still hasn't fully
learned to keep his ears up.

May God bless you all, and I hope to post more regularly!


Shaz in Oz.CalligraphyCards said...

Hi there again Maddy lovely pickies and so agree with you: "Let the beauty of the LORD rest upon us, and stablish Thou the work of our hands.." forgotten Psalm reference but very true .. and may His beauty always shine throguh and now and always.
Have done a Christian post this week too - not as deep as yours as I have different audience but pray unsaved/ or saved may come across it and pray the LORD will use it in their hearts, Shaz in oz.x

April said...

Dearest sister Maddy;

This is a very beautiful post, Maddy. I loved reading it and it has so encouraged me this evening. That is so, so true! It is only through trials and struggles and 'wars' within us that we learn to yeild ourselves more fully to Jesus and become totally lost in Him.

I pray you are well today Maddy (I should already be in bed! :)

I loved all the pictures. Herbert is really a beautiful calf. :)

May Jesus be with you throughout the day.

Your sister with much love;

Joy said...

Dearest Maddy,

What a beautiful post!! It has blessed me a lot today, dear sister :). I was especially challenged and inspired by what said that the wonder and beauty of the Lord is present everywhere, not just in natural beauty, but even in the "places that have been stripped bare and made ugly by the ravages of war, and pestilence, and famine, and natural disaster".

Lately I've been wrestling with this as well, the struggle against our sinful flesh, and the desire to seek the Lord, and thirst for Him. How true it is, that it comes from Him, not from our own efforts or failings. He gives us the love that we may love Him. Oh, how I earn for that fervor in prayer, and love for Him! Isn't it so wonderful that His indwelling Spirit lives within us and calls us to come into His Presence! I was reading through the book, "Christ Is All" by Ruth Bryan and was really touched by this part, "O lovely, glorious Immanuel! my soul burns with new ardor in intense longings after You; all else sinks into nothingness. You, and none but You Yourself, does my soul desire." -Ruth Bryan pg. 47 from "Christ Is All!"

Those pictures are so lovely, Maddy! Everything is so bright and beautiful... and you know, even though our garden too lacks all the colour of the flowers ;), when I went shopping with Mum and my sisters the other day, I noticed so many flowers in bloom; it was so beautiful! The photos of the cattle as well as the sheep and other animals were so good to see :).

Many blessings, dear Maddy! Talk to you soon. Lots of love and prayers,

ShazInOzCardsCalligraphy said...

Hi there Maddy thanks so much for popping over to my blog and dont ever apologise for rambling on when the talk is of the beauty of the LORD who is so very gracious to us, so pleased is encouraged your heart also and is good for unsaved to see the LORD at work in other hearts too, love in Him, Shaz.xx

Carra - a bondservant of Jesus said...

Dearest Maddy, Greetings to you in the Name of our Lord, dearest sister.

Amen and Amen. What a lovely post this was. I am always so blessed by the Lord's Word, and by what you always share, dear Maddy.

It was a lovely post, and I love all the photos.
I am so sorry I'm a bit late commenting... I've been so busy as you know! :) You are such a dear sister.

I am praying for you Maddy, and that is so true. Jesus is truly the most Beautiful! I love Jesus with all of my heart, and I thank Him for His Life in me, and in you, and in us... all of His children. Praise His Holy Name.

Jesus is truly the Greatest Gift, the most wonderful Master, and the Treasure. He is Wonderful.

Love Carra