In a few minutes
I'll continue yard work,
but for right now I'll survey
seeing hard work does pay.
In blossom today
providing a bright array
are orange turkscap, purple phlox, purple coneflowers,
yellow lilies, heliopsis, sunflowers,
daisies, coreopsis, rudbeckias,
hydrangea, ladybells, hostas,
oregano, borage, red bee balm,
blazing stars, rose campion.
There's even vegetables in blossom.
My pots of gold – squash blossoms:
summer squash, butternut.
There's a rainbow of delights
here at Rainbow's End tonight.
Something else that pleases me
is the drone of busy bees.
A swallowtail investigates
what's behind my garden gate.
Though he visits turkscap lilies and phlox,
it's the purple cone flowers he likes a lot.
There's a hummingbird in the yellow lilies.
A garden without lilies is just plain silly.
Now she's in the red bee balm
sharing with the bees without alarm.
A buzz close to me, an arm's length away,
is my special surprise of the day.
Around and around like a corkscrew
she sips refreshing afternoon dew.
The red geranium
had caught her attention.
It's a female hummingbird.
All to soon she's off, she soars.
Oh my, a chase ensures then a cry.
Two hummingbirds for flowers vie.
One is gone. One remains.
Seen in the bee balm again.
Another chase. Another cry.
"There's more than enough, you guys!
See, the red trumpet vine is in bloom now,
as well as the bonfire begonia."
If I hadn't been taking a respite,
I may not have noticed the fight.
Other birds are seen traveling on their journey through
together, not vying, as a general rule.
Yellow finches, wrens,
All bring delight here at Rainbow's End.
And I find delight as I tend.
So this respite of writing is over for now.
Work before play was bred into me somehow.
Though I'd rather be writing,
must get back to the weeding.
* * * * *
Respite. A time to simply breathe and enjoy.
To forget about everything that annoys.
To rest body, soul, and spirit
of the problems life brings with it.
with a knowledge
that God is with us
and will grow our trust.
let God bear
your daily worries
Meditate on God's promises
which are His assurances
that God has a good plan and purpose,
God's very best solution for us.
Until the day God calls us home
life will be filled with problems
but the Lord, who is with us,
simply invites us to trust.
And when that day finally comes
when our work on earth is done,
when God calls us to our heavenly home,
when we hear Him say to us "well done,"
on that day when we rest from our labors
our loved ones will recount God's gracious favor.
Daily came away and rest awhile in God's grace
as you allow God's faithful Word to worries erase.
God's faithfulness will encourage others, too,
when you testify of God's goodness to you.
Trust in the Lord with all your heart
and lean not on your own understanding;
in all your ways acknowledge him,
and he will make your paths straight.
Do not be wise in our own eyes;
fear the Lord and shun evil.
This will bring health to your body
and nourishment to your bones.
I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord.
Plan to prosper you and not to harm you,
plans to give you hope and a future.
You whom I have upheld since you were conceived,
and have carried since your birth.
Even to your old age and gray hairs I am he,
I am he who will sustain you.
I have made you and I will carry you;
I will sustain you and I will rescue you.
My grace is sufficient for you,
for my power is made perfect in my weakness.
II Corinthians 12:9
They will rest from their labor,
for their deeds will follow them.
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