Ah, gardening! I love my garden. I love looking at it out my kitchen window- neat straight rows of healthy plants, and as of yesterday morning, no weeds! What a glorious sight! I’ve trimmed down the size this year, mostly because of my husband’s accident. The garden is mainly my job, but Tom usually tills it in the spring, and he does help when he can. Even if he doesn’t have much spare time, I know he would help if I really get overwhelmed, but that isn’t true this year. My backup safety net is gone! He cannot help; it’s physically impossible. Amazing, how much that played on my mind and attitude.
Can you imagine what it would be like if that same scenario was true of our Heavenly Father? What if He wasn’t there? What if He couldn’t help me? God’s precious promise of security and peace is so much a part of our belief, that its nearly unfathomable to imagine life without it.
We cannot go back to what our lives were before salvation, and we often forget what it was like to have no hope or to be deceived by a false hope – to still be carrying the weight of sin and condemnation. No hope, no help – how miserable! Oh, the joy of knowing Jesus! His promises are ever true! He will NEVER leave us or forsake us.
And on this glorious Fourth of July, there is another blessing that is easily overlooked as our gaze seems to focus on all that is wrong with America. We don’t have to worry about the police coming to our homes and arresting us because we are believers. We know that there is an ambulance waiting for us if we need to get to the hospital. There are doctors on call right now if we need them and firemen waiting for that dreaded call. We live in a country that cannot deny its Christian roots. We see it every time disaster strikes and a host of volunteers show up to do whatever needs to be done! That kind of responsible behavior and care came from our American ancestors who learned what was right because they had been taught the Ten Commandments, directly or indirectly. It was just a given in their homes and schools.
Our homeland is secure as of today, and we have much to be thankful for. Every country has its skeletons in the closets and its host of demons working to destroy all that is good; but how blessed we are to know that America has so much good at its foundation! The fiber of American life is threaded together with Christian values and Biblical truths; and no matter how many people try to remove them in the name of tolerance, to do so would insure the destruction of the United States of America. Removing them would be as disastrous as taking the oxygen out of water – it would simply not exist. Oh, may God continue to bless America!