120. Every happening, great and small, is a parable whereby God speaks to us, and the art of life is to get the message. ~Malcolm Muggeridge

The world has different owners at sunrise. . .
Even your own garden does not belong to you.
Rabbits and blackbirds have the lawns;
a tortoise-shell cat who never appears in daytime
patrols the brick walls,
and a golden-tailed pheasant
glints his way through the iris spears.
~Anne Morrow Lindbergh,
pioneering American aviator and author


In my yard are squirrels instead of rabbits, mockingbirds instead of blackbirds, an assortment of stray cats instead of one tortoise-shell cat, and garter snakes that slither through the grass instead of a pheasant that glints his way through the iris spear.  So it is that my yard has as Lindbergh penned “different owners at sunrise.”  But since I planted everything for the wildlife as much as for me, why shouldn’t they come and sometimes in large numbers all through the day and night.

J. Philip Newell says that God’s glory glows “in the glistening of a creature’s eyes” as well as in “every emanation of creation’s life,” and that we can reverence God “in all that has life.”  My guess is that’s why some people garden in the first place.  We are fascinated by and delighted with the flowers and the wildlife, but we long for the presence of God into our green temples–that Presence that we feel and see in tiny buds breaking the soil, in pinkish purply glows in the eastern sky, in a silver slivers of the moon in the darkness of night, or in the delicious stillnesses in the garden as day passes into night.

For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made. . .  ~Romans 1:20   ✝

35 thoughts on “120. Every happening, great and small, is a parable whereby God speaks to us, and the art of life is to get the message. ~Malcolm Muggeridge

  1. Pingback: 120. Every happening, great and small, is a parable whereby God speaks to us, and the art of life is to get the message. ~Malcolm Muggeridge | Sacred Touches

  2. As a fellow gardener I Love your thoughts here though I must confess that gardening is for me both a job and a means of therapy. Just gardening alone sometimes in the quiet of a lonely place gives me the space I need to decompress. When the final weeds are pulled out and the edges made I can stretch my tired back and feel that at least for now something is done!


    • Thanks for you note. On this end it’s only a job because I choose to do it, but it is therapy for me as well. I just wish it weren’t so darned hot here so I could get out more in the summer. While being held captive in the AC, the weeding chores accumulate so much as the heat rages on. My garden is also where I reconnected with the Lord several decades ago after a rather long derailment in my faith journey. Working out in the garden is the only time my brain really shuts down and I just focus on what I’m doing and enjoying being close to the earth. So yes it is a place for me to decompress as well and to get a sense of achievement especially now that I’m retired. Have a blessed evening. Natalie


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