This was an especially rainy and dreary winter, lulling my creative juices to sleep. Spring awakens not only the earth, but my camera. These are images from one morning’s walk through my neighborhood.
While the earth remaineth, seedtime and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease. ~ Genesis 8:22
Nevertheless he left not himself without witness, in that he did good, and gave us rain from heaven, and fruitful seasons, filling our hearts with food and gladness. ~ Acts 14:17
And the earth brought forth grass, and herb yielding seed after his kind, and the tree yielding fruit, whose seed was in itself, after his kind: and God saw that it was good. ~ Genesis 1:12
The flowers appear on the earth; the time of the singing of birds is come, and the voice of the turtle is heard in our land ~ Song of Solomon 2:12 (see the nest above?)
Have you ever thought about what determines the difference between a flower and a flowering weed? I only found one mention of the word “weeds” in the Bible, and they were wrapped around Jonah’s head when he was in the belly of the whale, probably seaweed.
Take your camera on your next spring walk and see how much of God’s lovely spring creation you can capture!
by Dawn Camp, My Home Sweet HomeLeave a Comment
Kelly Langner Sauer says
oh, this is so beautiful… I just love the photo spread, and the verses! SO refreshing to wake to this morning!
Great pics and verses to go with! I love spring and the awesomeness of God’s creation! 😀
Home lighting says
I can’t wait for spring to actually be here. I know it offically is here but not when it snows 5″
Rachel @ the science of music says
Beautiful pictures! I wrote a similar post last night about the spring things I encountered the other day. The verses add just the right touch.
this was a beautiful post – exactly what I needed in the morning! spring is so sweet, displaying God’s heart for restoration. your photos reflected that wonderfully 🙂
Beautiful post.Loved the reminder about the weed.
Beautiful pictures and verses! I guess Genesis 8:22 pretty much debunks the whole global warming myth, eh? ; )
Jenni Saake "InfertilityMom" says
“Have you ever thought about what determines the difference between a flower and a flowering weed? I only found one mention of the word “weeds” in the Bible, and they were wrapped around Jonah’s head when he was in the belly of the whale, probably seaweed.”
Very interesting, Dawn. I’ve always thought of “thorns and weeds” as going hand in hand. But I never thought of the fact that weeds aren’t mentioned in the Bible as part of the curse.
One day I was having a conversation with my father-in-law, a waterfowl biologist who spends most of his life outdoors, working with natural habitats. I mentioned to him how strange it seemed to me that a particular flower that we go to the nursery and pay money to plant around this part of the country is considered in some other states to be a weed. He gave me a working definition of weeds as being any plant, especially an hardly or easily spreading one, that is growing somewhere other than is desired by, and become problematic to, the landowner. Interesting!
I have a little plot of ground in our front yard that I’ve been working for five years to mold into a rose garden. When we moved into the house there were a few random bushes and plants in that area, all perfectly healthy, just not what I wanted there. By my working definition, those shrubs and assorted bushes are now “weeds” because they are hardy plants that are distracting from my intended use of that ground. Year by year I continue to thin more and more of them out and the garden is gradually taking on my vision for it’s use.
I’m sure there’s got to be a deeper spiritual application to all of this, but my brain’s run out of juice, so I’ll just have to keep pondering for a while. 🙂
(P.S. My maiden name is Camp.)
I’m in Anchorage, AK and although it says spring on the calender we got a surprise storm that left 9″ of new snow on our lawn. Was very uplifting to see beautiful flowers blooming.
Matt 13:24 “Parable of the Tares” Some translations use “tares” some use “weeds”. It talks about unwanted plants sown into the wheat field of a man by his enemy.
I love these pictures. Beautiful work.
I read a cute post somewhere else on the net today that had this quote:
“A weed is just a flower that is unloved.”
🙂 I love weeds.