I had a good sleep after our journey home from Slovakia.
I lie down and I sleep and I wake again sustained by The Lord.
Psalm 3 v 5.
These are days to rest after Brendan and my work in Eastern Slovakia. We met beautiful families there. It is a privilege to have the opportunity to share with others God’s goodness and mercy.
I went out to the greenhouse to fetch a tomato for my breakfast. Brendan was creating a treat for me on our first morning home. One particular tomato plant has been blossoming and bearing fruit long after the others have withered. I bought three different varieties of plants at the beginning of spring. The tomato plants all looked alike on the shelf at Homebase. Gardener’s Delight is the only one still bearing fruit. Take note anyone with a greenhouse and green fingers out there.
I was reminded of the scripture verse that says,
You shall bear fruit in old age. Your leaf will not wither.
““But blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in him. They will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream. It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit.””
Jeremiah 17:7-8 NIV
I gathered some fruit. Brendan called me for breakfast. It was very welcome. My strength will be renewed after a few more days of rest.
Later today my son was telling me about a lady he met recently. She was a young at heart seventy eight year old. She works in a Charity shop three days a week and travels from Carryduff with her bus pass. This lady welcomed customers warmly and engaged each in conversation. John was struck by her enthusiasm. He listened to some of her life experiences.
She worked in the company C & A in Belfast. She turned in for work looking the part, well suited and make up, perfect. She spent her money on the latest fashion and good food. After marriage she decided to give up work and rear her children. She found that she was able to manage without the extra income her job could have offered. She survived without the latest fashion and the best of food. She learned to budget and enjoy being home with the children.
When her children were reared she went back to education and got qualifications to teach, which she did till she retired. On retirement she launched into some other activity. This lady has important life experiences and is sharing them with anyone who will listen. She is not giving up. She is living life to the full. Her leaf is not withering and she is bearing fruit at old age.