Last week was Weed Appreciation Day. I know, I know... who determines these strange days and dates throughout the year and why choose weeds to highlight?
What's good about weeds?
Actually, many weeds are edible, some have medicinal properties and others encourage beneficial insects in your garden. Some weeds, like dandelions and stinging nettles can even be used as a healthy tea as well as for other herbal uses.
I remember my grandmother talking about plants and weeds as we picked strawberries in her backyard. She had grown up in England and often told us stories of her childhood experiences in a different country and a different era.
(Kids love stories and they can be a wonderful way to impact young lives in a meaningful way. It's a wonderful legacy to leave with your kids. Try it yourself with your own children or grandkids!)
She recounted the pain endured by anyone unwary and unfortunate enough to encounter the painful stinging nettle.
"The sting of the nettles is intense, Anne," she said, "And most people would scream, and cry, and jump around in pain before running to find help."
"But help was already there. They just didn't stop to look for it."
I remember my surprise- the mystery of a hidden answer, an antidote for the pain. Like any child, I was intrigued by the idea of a mystery, a surprise. What was it?
"A leaf from the dock plant will ease the pain of stinging nettles. Dock plants grow right beside stinging nettles, a ready-made rescue for the pain. You just have to stop and look for it."
"It's the same for any problem, any pain, any distress that we encounter from the stings of life. So many people endure the pain when God has already provided His answer, His help, His soothing balm. We just don't take the time to search for it."
God knows our needs before we ever realise them and His provision is never an afterthought.
Sometimes it's hard to look beyond the pain to see His loving hand. He is in control and there are no situations that catch Him unawares.
'God always has an answer- sometimes in plain view, sometimes in shadow;
a remedy, a solution, a relief for every sorrow, a balm for every sting.
Download and print the file below. Colour it in and hang it on your wall as a constant reminder that, though there may be stings and distress, God is ready and able to provide His remedy, His soothing balm.
This attractive quote can also be purchased as a framed print. Read more..
Life as a grandma.. it's no 'quiet, restful days in the rocking-chair'. It's filled with activity, excitement and lots of family fun. Please share it with me.