It’s that time of year, summer and the county fair. When I was younger, I looked forward to the rides, but not so much anymore. Now, when I visit the county fair, I enjoy walking through the barns, looking at the displays of baked goods, crafts, garden vegetables. I think as I have gotten older, I appreciate these more: I have a better idea what goes into having a good crop, the time it takes to do knitting or sewing, the effort and energy it takes to grow vegetables. Having our own chickens and livestock, I can spend time in the barns, thinking about future additions to my place, and all the work it takes to groom the animals on display.
In a sense, we can look at the world: God’s creation, the life, the trees, the animals, the great works of art and appreciate all the more what God has done and the great world He has placed us into.
My own county had their fair during the 4th of July weekend. I didn’t get out to it, but could not help thinking this is awfully early and many of those who would normally display garden vegetables…well…even with the best efforts, their vegetables would not be ready in time, reminding us that even with our best efforts the end result is dependent upon the master gardener, our Lord and our Creator. So as we look at the beauty, may we not forget what God has done and continues to do.
In His Service,