Today I started to make a little garden for my mother in the village. I had always told her that the best vegetables are the ones that go from the farm right into the cooking pot. So if you live in an accommodation that gives you access to a small piece of land, it is not only cheap to grow your own vegetable, it is also healthy. How then could one live in the village and have problem getting fresh vegetables? So I conceived a garden in my heart and God confirmed it with a downpour that made the soil soft enough to cultivate.
As I worked with my team made up of grandchildren and helpers in the house, I thought of the beauty of being so close to nature and yet not noticing how awesomely beautiful God has made all things.
Do you ever wonder at the colours of the sky and how it transforms from pure white into sky blue? Sometimes slightly misty and at other times hazy or splendidly clear. Imagine how dark it could be just before a storm when all seems to be running and then suddenly the beauty of a rainbow adorning the once dark cloud. How very beautiful!
Have you ever sat down and watched those tiny little birds fly around even in the city? They are so colourful and gorgeous that sometimes I wished I could just touch and feel their soft feathers. In those days we used to watch the chameleons change to the colours of our dresses.
All of Nature’s beauty seems to have been lost in not just the hustle and bustle of our daily activities, but by the so many challenges, pains, disappointments, discouragements, losses in the world today. When was the last time you stopped to admire your surroundings? Do you remember the last time you played in the rain or packed the sand on the beach and let it slide down through your fingers?
I have learnt over time to appreciate the tranquility of nature in my remote village. A world completely void of city pressure. Here people wear face masks but not out of fear of catching corona virus. When i get suffocated by the City’s pressure, I take a trip to the village and watch the simplicity of life as lived by the ordinary man just as God wished us to live it.
I discovered in all my trips that the closer you are to nature, the happier you really are. I feel the natural breeze of air across my face and it is awesomely different from city air. Take time today to appreciate the beauty of nature. Let it flow through your soul and leave your cares behind. Just look around you and imagine how carefully God has crafted all things together.
Learn from the master and understand that He meant every word He said when He declared the statements below:
“That is why I tell you not to worry about everyday life—whether you have enough food and drink, or enough clothes to wear. Isn’t life more than food, and your body more than clothing? Look at the birds. They don’t plant or harvest or store food in barns, for your heavenly Father feeds them. And aren’t you far more valuable to him than they are? Can all your worries add a single moment to your life?
And why worry about your clothing? Look at the lilies of the field and how they grow. They don’t work or make their clothing, yet Solomon in all his glory was not dressed as beautifully as they are. And if God cares so wonderfully for wildflowers that are here today and thrown into the fire tomorrow, he will certainly care for you. Why do you have so little faith?
So don’t worry about these things, saying, ‘What will we eat? What will we drink? What will we wear?’ These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers, but your heavenly Father already knows all your needs. Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.
So don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today. (Mathew 6: 25-34)”
Have fun folks. God’s got your back. As for me this garden is my June project for my mum and I am so excited about it. Today, it is just a piece of land but very soon it will be a fruitful field and I will share with you.
Observe, see, admire nature’s tranquility and be happy because you are cared for.
Adenike Babajamu (June, 2020)