In this current heatwave a glance at my garden reminds me of the verse in Psalm 63: a dry and barren land where there is no water. The lawn is brown and parched and the flowers struggling to survive on what little the watering can provides them with.

Thankfully nature isn’t always like this and there are now several very special moments in my calendar. Each February I love to see the snowdrops at Anglesey Abbey, just a short drive away. Their ethereal beauty is a profound and spiritual experience, stunning in its simplicity. Soon after, we enjoy the bluebells closer to home at Heartwood Forest – well worth getting up early and having the woods to yourself for the morning light! More recently I meditated on the glorious poppy field at Napsbury Park, a site that evokes so many deep thoughts and connections with nature in a wilder state.

Returning to Psalm 63 David goes on to remind himself that, while he may now be spiritually thirsty, he has previously seen God’s power and glory. He focuses on what God has done before and restores his faith in the future. While we currently despair over the state of our gardens, we know that they too will soon revive and be filled with colour once again. While we wait for that time to come, it can provide an opportunity to consider our own spiritual state. We could move to a simple trust in God, growing like the lilies of the field.

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