Flowers, Projects, and Dreams for the New Year

Flowers, Projects, and Dreams for the New Year

I love tending my garden, but I have a problem sometimes with flowers. I love to buy a few each spring and enjoy them through the long summer days, tending them and watering them and admiring their beauty. I just have a hard time letting go of them as they begin to turn yellow and die.

When I see the devastation of my plants at the end of the season, I almost feel like giving up on my garden altogether, but I’m always amazed by spring. I see the first tiny new sprouts shoot up from the ground and realize that life is still there. The germ of the seed is still there. I just need to be patient. I need to trust in the seeds. All they need is to be allowed to do their thing and be born into a glorious new plant.

This is like my ideas, dreams, and goals for each new year: sometimes I just need to let them go or put them on hold for a time. I need to trust that when the time is right, all those thoughts will begin to germinate again and I will have a project. Then if I tenderly and diligently care for the project, it will come to life.

So this year I’m going to stop mourning dead plants and projects. I’m going to let them be and give them time. Then when the moment is right, when the sun shines bright and the gentle rains begin to come again, I will have the blessing of beginning something new and beautiful.

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New Year’s Wishes
What shall I wish you?
Treasures of earth?
Songs in the springtime?
Pleasures and mirth?
Flowers on your pathway,
Skies ever clear?
Would this ensure you
A happy new year?
What shall I wish you?
What can be found
Bringing you sunshine
All the year round?
Where is the treasure,
Lasting and dear,
That shall ensure you
A happy new year?
Faith that increases,
Walking in light;
Hope that’s abounding,
Happy and bright;
Love that is perfect,
Casting out fear;
These shall ensure you
A happy new year.
Peace in the Savior,
Rest at His feet,
Smile on His countenance,
Radiant and sweet.
Joy in His presence!
Christ ever near!
This will ensure you
A happy new year!
—Frances Ridley Havergal (1836–1879), adapted
Joyce Suttin

Joyce Suttin

Joyce Suttin is a retired teacher, writer, and frequent contributor to Activated magazine. She lives in San Antonio Texas with her husband and has an on-line ministry excerpting, editing, and writing inspirational material. Check out her blog.

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