This last week I was out in my rain garden. Seeing what needed to be tended to. And as I was surveying new life rising through old growth, trying to determine what was supposed to be there and what I needed to pull, an old hymn came to mind. I wasn’t exactly sure why, as it doesn’t have to do with gardening. And yet, maybe it does.
One thing you should know about me. Green, although my favorite color, will never be used to describe my thumb. I am clueless when it comes to gardening. But I’m striving.
Someone whose thumb I consider green has told me I have a lot of weeds in my rain garden. I’m sure it’s true, but everything in there blooms. Everything produces color and looks pretty to me. So I have no idea what needs to be weeded out. I look at my garden and smile wide. Completely oblivious to anything that should prevent me from doing so.
Later that night, when I realized the poem never left me, I began to see where my heart was leading. And I thought I’d share the hymn/poem with you today, on this Music Monday. I’d love to know where it takes your heart, too.
I’ve shared one of these Olney Hymns before. “The Waiting Soul” In this post. This is another one of my favorites from the same collection:
“The Joy of the Lord is Your Strength”
by: John Newton, 1779, from Olney Hymns, vol. 1, hymn 42
Joy is a fruit that will not grow
In nature’s barren foil;
All we can boast, till Christ we know,
Is vanity and toil.
But where the Lord has planted grace;
And made His glories known;
There fruits of heavenly joy and peace
Are found, and there alone.
A bleeding Saviour seen by faith,
A sense of pard’ning love;
A hope that triumphs over death,
Give joys like those above.
To take a glimpse within the veil,
To know that God is mine;
Are springs of joy that never fail,
These are the joys which satisfy,
And sanctify the mind;
Which make the spirit mount on high,
And leave the world behind.
No more, believers, mourn your lot,
But if you are the Lord’s
Resign to them that know Him not,
Such joys as earth affords.
How about you? How have you found joy? How do you share it with others who might still be looking? I’d love to hear. and I’d love to hear what tugs at your heart with this beloved, old hymn.
Sharing a glimpse of my joy with gifts of thanks.
- God’s peace can guard my heart (Phil 4:6-7)
- 13 years of marriage. And my cup still runneth over.
- All of the Anniversary and birthday wishes this last week. You all blew me away. Thank you.
- My now 4-year-old son’s love of board games. I’m considering calling Guinness about how many games of Mouse Trap we played this last week.
- God wants me to truly know Him (Hosea 6:6)
- Perennials. I’d be lost without them.
- God’s love knows no bounds (Hosea 14:4)
- Finding a church to call home.
- Having a neighbor who is an avid gardener (a hidden blessing)
- God is still doing things we wouldn’t even believe! (Habakkuk 1:5)
- Smartwool socks on a cool, damp morning.
- I don’t have to be perfect for I am perfectly loved.
- Trader Joe’s soyaki sauce. Yum (when used sparingly).
- God blesses those who sow…not reap.
- I have the ability to radiate life (Luke 11:36)
- No one. Not one. Can rob me of my joy. (John 16:22)
What joy have you found today? I’d love to hear.
Thanks for sharing your time with me.