Thoughts From The Vicarage
I was taking advantage of a brief lull in the rain recently, and raking up leaves under the bare trees in the garden, chastising myself for not doing it in the autumn when the leaves were dry. They are so much heavier and more difficult to move when they are sopping wet and stuck together as they are now! I was also trying to be careful just in case there are already some shoots from spring bulbs trying to fight their way into the light – a little optimistic in the front garden, as there isn’t much grows out there. I’ve tried all sorts – thinking that wild flowers growing under the trees would look very pretty, but to little avail. A few clumps of snowdrops and crocuses; the occasional bluebell or two struggle through each year, but the ground is just too dry for anything much to flourish – all those big trees sucking up the moisture.
I’m still a beginner in the horticultural stakes and have made many errors, but one thing I have learned – finally – is that it’s a good idea to go with the environment rather than battling against it. Look around at what does well, discover and take into account the conditions, soil and so on, and concentrate on developing what you have.
Not a bad idea for us either; we all have our own particular gifts and skills in an infinite number of variations, and can use and develop those to our own and the world’s advantage.
When God was handing out administrative skills, I was definitely way down near the back of the queue, but I’m told I deliver a good sermon! Of course we all have to do things we are not so naturally gifted at, and can learn and acquire many different skills, but we shouldn’t beat ourselves up about not being brilliant at everything.
God knew what he was about when he created each of us unique in our own particular share of the skills, talents and natural attributes needed to complement each other and work to-gether each in our own distinctive way to make the world a better place.
Roll on Spring!