What happens when the corn crop you so desperately looked forward to dies?
You create a backdrop out of it, of course! It’s the whole lemons and lemonade drill.
Our corn just didn’t produce like we hoped. We managed to get 2-3 respectable ears and many tiny weird ones. Our garden was essentially a big failure except for the basil, tomatoes, okra and berries. In many ways my garden became a metaphor for my summer. Disappointment.
I envisioned refreshment. There were bits of that, but not on the scale that I felt I truly needed to be refreshed to begin again. But, the thing about need is that what we think we need may not be what’s best for our growth, overall. I’ve grown all summer long, but I’m weary. I guess you could call it growing pains. I’m planting and planting and planting. The harvest sometimes looks like disappointment on the surface, but rather it is the fodder for a greater harvest to come. I believe that. Because disappointment, when used correctly, causes us to grow. We dig deeper, and make adjustments. I’m no quitter and I also believe that God wastes no circumstance that He allows. We just have to be willing to accept and learn from our circumstances. It’s not easy, but it is necessary. While not getting a vacation or other luxuries this summer was disappointing, I do think I’ll look back on this time as pivotal. My souvenirs aren’t seashells and T-shirts, but I believe that my take-aways are valuable.
We have less than 3 weeks before our new school year begins and I am furiously working to shore up loose ends so that I’m not crawling to the first day of school. I apologize for not being as available to participate and visit. I hope you know that my desire is FOR those things, but that well, honestly, I’m struggling to balance duty and delights. Delights have just had to retire to the backseat over the last month or so. There has been just so much on my proverbial plate that needs attention. It’s nothing serious, but as you know, when things pile up life can feel overwhelming.
I do have a couple massage gift certificates that will be a balm once I get through the bulk of the crazy. I’m looking forward to those. I’m still going to be around, and I’m trying to make room for delights as I can. Soon, routine will win the day once again and I’ll be back on the saddle. Less than 20 days to go! How’s your summer?