Wednesday, May 24, 2017

My Secret Garden



One of the strange things about living in the world is that it is only now and then one is quite sure one is going to live forever and ever and ever...






One knows it sometimes when one gets up at the tender solemn dawn-time and goes out and stands out and throws one's head far back and looks up and up and watches the pale sky slowly changing and flushing and marvelous unknown things happening until the East almost makes one cry out and one's heart stands still at the strange unchanging majesty of the rising of the sun--which has been happening every morning for thousands and thousands and thousands of years. One knows it then for a moment or so. And one knows it sometimes when one stands by oneself in a wood at sunset and the mysterious deep gold stillness slanting through and under the branches seems to be saying slowly again and again something one cannot quite hear, however much one tries. Then sometimes the immense quiet of the dark blue at night with the millions of stars waiting and watching makes one sure; and sometimes a sound of far-off music makes it true; and sometimes a look in someone's eyes.
― Frances Hodgson Burnett, The Secret Garden

The Secret Garden was my mother's favorite book.  She insisted that each of her children read it.  When I first read it, I liked it but it was not one of my favorite books. As I have grown older, I have come to appreciate the story more and it is now one of my favorites.

I never thought I would have my own secret garden in the woods. And then one day, I did.  I remarked to my husband tonight that I feel as if I am living at a beautiful church retreat ~ so peaceful and serene.  The woodland creatures reflect what God desires me to be: joyful, loving, and trusting. They do not worry what they will eat, drink, or wear.  God provides.

Spending time in prayer in the woods has calmed my heart.
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18 comments:

  1. I feel a little strange saying that I've not read that book. I have no idea why. I love to read and it certainly is something that I think I'd like. Its now on my list. Thanks!
    :) gwingal

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    1. Hi Nikki. Thank you so much for visiting and commenting. It is a wonderful classic. Please let me know what you think of it after you've read it. :-)

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  2. "... joyful, living, and trusting. They do not worry what they will eat, drink, or wear. God provides." That is how my husband and I live ... trusting God for all our needs. God bless you!

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    1. Hi Carol. Thank you too for visiting and commenting. I try to live this way but I often forget. God bless you too!

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  3. I agree Gina... spending time outside in the peace and musical noises found in the forest has a way of healing the heart... so thankful you have found that secret garden place! Praying with you for those who are hurting in Manchester. So, so sad. Hugs to you dear friend!

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    1. Marilyn, thank you for the prayers and hugs too. xo

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  4. My children loved the movie that came out in the 1980s. They would watch it over and over. So glad you are enjoying your pretty garden.

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    1. Arlene, did you find the book sadder than the movie? I did. Love the movie though!

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  5. You certainly have a serene spot for praying and calming your soul, Gina. My yard is very small, but it is so serene and I pray on my glider everyday. I guess we all need our on Secret Garden, don't we? Love and blessings to you.

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    1. Kitty, praying on a glider sounds so peaceful! I've seen pictures of your yard and it is lovely! ♥

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  6. What a lovely quotation from The Secret Garden. I read the book many years ago. Spending time in creation draws me closer to God, too.

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    1. Lorrie, I so enjoy your nature photographs. xo

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  7. I enjoyed the movie and I am sure it is not quite the same as movies never are compared to books. I tried to do this book as a read aloud last year. It didn't go as I anticipated. I may try again. There is nothing like the outdoors and the beauty of the woods!
    Blessings!

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    1. Chrissy, I didn't enjoy the book initially either. Blessings!

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  8. How wonderful to have your place in the woods, yes what a peace that can fall over us when we put it all in God's hands, totally trusting isn't always my strong suit, but he has been by my side all along.

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    1. Me either, Connie. Trusting is a daily hope of mine but what a comfort to know that He is always by our side.

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  9. I love finding secret gardens. So wonderful to have your own little secret place. I would love to see some photos of it! Thanks for sharing with SYC.
    hugs,
    Jann

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    1. Hi Jann. I post quite a few pictures of the garden and the woods. I will try to link more for SYC! ♥

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We all have our “good old days” tucked away inside our hearts, and we return to them in dreams like cats to favorite armchairs. ~ B. Carter