Under the Master’s Care

I am the true vine and my Father is the Gardener - John 15:1 NIV

My garden with all
Of its flowers and weeds
Is under the Master’s care
Its edges and borders
And the roses in order
He designed and then planted them there

Now the wind when it blows
And the thunderstorms roll
Have a Heaven-sent schedule to keep
When the sun sinks so low
That the night breezes flow
In my Master’s own presence I’ll sleep

Under the Master's Care by Peter Caligiuri © 2021 all rights reserved

Master Gardener or The Master’s Gardener?

I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing. John 15:5 ESV

When I opened my first landscaping business in 1987, I came in with more than a dozen years of experience, a professional license and plenty of specialized training. My plan was to use my expertise to guide and educate customers in the “right way” to maintain their ornamental gardens and trees. Boy did that not work out! What I spent the next thirty years learning was that my job was to serve the desires of my customers. Once I figured that out after years of butting heads, running the business became a delight and people usually loved the results.

Sadly, when some of us come to know Christ, we begin with almost the same mindset. Maybe we have been to Catechism class or spent time in Sunday School and we feel pretty sure that we know how to be good Christians. But that also; most definitely won’t work out! I remember one day a customer noticed a bumper sticker on my truck that said, “We Have a Friend in Jesus” and he asked, “Is that your partner?” I shook my head and laughed answering, “Oh no! He’s the boss!”

Yes, Jesus is the boss, and we are the branches. Doing things our way is no longer an option. But when we get in synch with His garden design, then everything our life will begin to yield beautiful fruit!

The Son of God Discloses

I don’t know why but I am just totally addicted to snapping photos while I walk. I know this probably kills the cardio workout concept, but every new blossom seems to call out for my attention. This morning as I was reading the first chapter of Romans I was remind that God shows himself in all of creation.

For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse. Romans 1:20 ESV

Though He remains the invisible God it is almost as if He plays at peek-a-boo from behind every flower. Though the petals fall, the beauty that lies behind the blossom remains an eternal memory of our infinite God. So here are.my glimpses of our Savior’s beauty hidden in my rose photos taken this week. Like the line from the hymns says “And the voice I hear falling on my ear – the Son of God discloses…..and He walks with me an He talks with me!”