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The Gardening of Man (20.5.16)

“The gardening of man is determined by his knowledge.

The gardening of man is restrained by his lack of knowledge,

                                                         by his lack of acumen,

                                                         by his lack of passion,

                                                         by his lack of commitment to the chores of the day,

                                                         by his tendency to procrastinate that which he deems can wait for another day.

The gardening of man can observe the plantings thrive when placed under the specifics of the care of God,

                                                                                                                        of the care for His creation,

                                                                                                                                            of the care for the nurturing of nature
                                                                                                                                                                                  and of life
                                                                                                                                            with the gift to both “visit” and “return”.

The gardening of man demonstrates the pride of conquest in reaping the harvest of bounty,

                                                                                             in picking the blooms of largesse,

                                                                                             in wafting the scents of beauty,

                                                                                             in viewing the endeavours of a task well done.

The gardening of man has charge over all which dwell above and below the surface of the earth,

                                                                    which dwell upon the leaves,

                                                                    which dwell upon the stems,

                                                                    which dwell within cocoons as transitions are scheduled to take place,

                                                                    which come as visitors to partake of all which is on offer.

The gardening of man has a time of preparation,

                                    has a time of planting,

                                    has a time of reaping,

                                    has a time of cleaning and maintaining—

                                                  all according to the seasons which befall with the installing of the relevance—

                                                                                                          as each brings impact to the cycling of life upon the Earth.

The gardening of man can be a form of recreation,

                                    can be a form of livelihood,

                                    can be a form of enhancing a desert in a wasteland,

                                                                                 a desert in demand of water,

                                                                                 a desert with more than its fair share of the sunlight of the day,

                                                                                 a desert with too much cold with frost and snow.

The gardening of man can be done with enthusiasm in presenting in abundance,

                                    can be done half-heartedly with little to be gleaned or shared,

                                    can be ignored where the weeds and thorns are given permission to promote themselves undeserving
                                                                                                                                                                                           of reward.

The gardening of man centres on his preferences,

                                     reflects the tastes he savours,

                                     responds to the likes and dislikes of his palette.

The gardening of man protects his efforts from the mites and frosts,

                                                                   from the viruses and moulds,

                                     invites the friendly insects of the butterflies and bees.

The gardening of man has an eye for the colour of the seasons arising from the bulbs and tubers,

                                                                                                                from the corms and plantings,

                                                                                                                from the perennials and seeds of the latest generation.

The gardening of man has flowers to go to visitors,

                                    has flowers readied for the picking,

                                    has flowers designed to stand within a vase,

                                    has flowers in abundance which bring their scent indoors.

The gardening of man sees fruit trees of his choice,

                                                            of favour granted to the few,

                                                            of selections based upon location in recognition of their preferences,

                                                            of cropping seen to be plentiful for both the birds and man.

The gardening of man speaks of an attitude displayed,

                                     speaks of the emphasis intended,

                                     speaks of favouritism brought to the fore.

The gardening of man speaks of the wild stocks of God being tamed by man.

The gardening of man speaks of the variety of preferences as exposed by man.

The gardening of man speaks of colours loved unto selection within the scenes of man.

The gardening of man selects and prunes and weeds the discards from the garden,

                                                                                    the dead and dying from the seasons of the garden,

                                                                                    the end of fulfilment of the beauty of the planted—

                                                                                                as they travel to the albums to be trapped within the memories—

                                                                                                           in their images of wonder with admiration for the delicacy:

                                                                                                             of such designs of grandeur as laid before the eyes of man.

The gardening of man without a vision neither lasts nor lingers in the absence of the gardener,

                                                               neither recalls nor revisits what has been and gone,

                                                               neither speaks of expended effort nor the results obtained.

The gardening of man with a vision can last for the centuries,

                                                          can impress on a landscape,

                                                          can imprint on a desert of the sands,

                                                          can speak of past glories with a valuing of history.

The gardening of God can speak of His efforts on the Earth as modified by man,

                                    will speak of His efforts in eternity with His will established and upheld,

                                    will speak to the spirit soul and body in the rewarding of their faith.”


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