I awoke early this morning with the words of this poem echoing in my heart. I had fallen to sleep with these same words resting in my heart. So I hobbled down the stairs before my feet were ready to tackle the steps, and took my camera out into the sunshine. Would the sunrise still be glowing over the new garden? I had to know.
It was this “Garden of Remnants” that drew me out, because the word “Remnant” has become a sort of theme for me. Last year, a dear friend gave me a journal for my Birthday and wrote this note in the flyleaf, “Maybe the Lord will allow you to journal about His Remnant from end to beginning,” with this Scripture reference added:
“I have reserved for myself … a remnant chosen by grace.” Romans 11:4-5
So when the Lord touched my heart with a poem about “Awakening” I knew that He was speaking something important that needed my listening:
He is awakening the Remnants of Himself in my heart that have lain covered up beneath my service.
Last week the Landscapers came and stripped away the old Butterfly Garden that I wrote about here: “The Garden That Was” Then this past weekend, the time was urgent for rescuing the remnants saved from the old. But I was in no condition for the gardening marathon that was required, as I limped around with the bruising and pain of yet another steroid shot given into the locked-up tendons in my foot. So my husband, who is definitely NOT a gardener, gave me the gift of transplanting, and cleaning, and carting, and making this new Garden of Remnants from the strippings of the old.
2 Timothy 1:12
Nothing is ever really lost when we belong to Jesus. He is the perfect gatekeeper, and He watches over those childlike places in our hearts, just waiting for the right time to awaken and stir the embers of a passionate love. Those remnants that I thought were long gone, have been in HIS care, as He has shaped and transformed them into beautiful reflections of HIS loving.
I cannot see how my loving is meant to take shape and form in this new place. But one thing I do know: Jesus awakens the remnants of His Love when He calls the Garden of our hearts ready. Ready for the new, that is actually very old.
Thank you, Joy Lenton, for permitting me to copy your beautiful poem here!
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