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Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Blackberries

"I have the perfect place to pick blackberries!", we were told.  Loading up the explorer with our bowls and visions of fresh blackberries.
Just a few miles down the road is all we had to travel.  And to think I almost purchased some in the grocery store!  We pulled up to a hiking area and excitedly we went on our first real hunt for fruit other than our friends backyard!
Amazingly there they hung all along the path.  Thousands upon thousands of blackberries!  It was difficult not to want to eat as we picked but we managed to return with a huge bowl full.

As we picked, our friend asked, "Isn't there blackberries in your yard?"  "There used to be."

I had noticed after we moved in that it looked like we may have some vines but they had not yielded anything.  And I really hadn't noticed since.

Since we got back home after it was starting to get dark, I didn't go and investigate the blackberry possibility until the next morning.

And there they were.........I couldn't believe it.


Not only did we have some blackberries but different spots in the back and sides of our yard where they grew.  As I perused around I began to discover many things I hadn't seen before.  Beauty all around.  Despite the fact so much work needs to be down there is much promise.


And it is all right here, in my own backyard.  I missed it.
So often I just miss what is so present and clearly in front of me.  I am looking beyond or elsewhere.  Something better has to be over THERE.  But it is not.
It is Here.
Here in my everyday.  I have so much.
God please help me to see it.  Believe it.  Give me Your eyes to see the glory.  Your glory.  The beautiful in each day.  What I hold right now in this very moment.  All the gifts.  All the grace.  You have given it and I miss it.......
Blackberries in my own backyard.....

Psalm 66 in The Message translation~

   1 -4 All together now—applause for God! Sing songs to the tune of his glory,
      set glory to the rhythms of his praise.
   Say of God, "We've never seen anything like him!"
      When your enemies see you in action,
      they slink off like scolded dogs.
   The whole earth falls to its knees—
      it worships you, sings to you,
      can't stop enjoying your name and fame.

   5 -6 Take a good look at God's wonders—
      they'll take your breath away.
   He converted sea to dry land;
      travelers crossed the river on foot.
      Now isn't that cause for a song?

   7 Ever sovereign in his high tower, he keeps
      his eye on the godless nations.
   Rebels don't dare
      raise a finger against him.

   8 -12 Bless our God, O peoples!
      Give him a thunderous welcome!
   Didn't he set us on the road to life?
      Didn't he keep us out of the ditch?
   He trained us first,
      passed us like silver through refining fires,
   Brought us into hardscrabble country,
      pushed us to our very limit,
   Road-tested us inside and out,
      took us to hell and back;
   Finally he brought us
      to this well-watered place.

   13 -15 I'm bringing my prizes and presents to your house.
      I'm doing what I said I'd do,
   What I solemnly swore I'd do
      that day when I was in so much trouble:
   The choicest cuts of meat
      for the sacrificial meal;
   Even the fragrance
      of roasted lamb is like a meal!
   Or make it an ox
      garnished with goat meat!

   16 -20 All believers, come here and listen,
      let me tell you what God did for me.
   I called out to him with my mouth,
      my tongue shaped the sounds of music.
   If I had been cozy with evil,
      the Lord would never have listened.
   But he most surely did listen,
      he came on the double when he heard my prayer.
   Blessed be God: he didn't turn a deaf ear,
      he stayed with me, loyal in his love.





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