Day 9 smelling flowers

Living in a manse has its benefits; like living in beautiful church grounds!

We explored them today for our 30 days wild challenge, on the hunt for some flowers to smell.

“For we are to God the pleasing aroma of Christ among those who are being saved and those who are perishing.” 

2 Corinthians‬ ‭2:15‬ 

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Thoughts on the flowers of Abersychan

“For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities – his eternal power and divine nature – have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse.” Romans 1:20

To support the Bees of Torfaen, the council have been planting!

You may have noticed the many pockets of wild flowers on grass banks, verges and parks throughout the county. None so beautiful than those in Snatchwood Park in Abersychan (Centre of the Universe).

Abersychan Flowers

Abersychan Flowers

The Bible is full of gardening narrative, many come to mind when enjoying these flowers.

Unlike the rest of creation that God spoke into existence (Genesis 1:3), we are told in Genesis 2:8 that He “planted” a garden (Eden). To “plant”, implies purpose, care and effort. A gardener tends his ground on his knees and works the dirty rough soil, he gets cut, bruised and bitten so that his garden can have life. It is a tough but intimate vocation. A labour of love!

Like a gardener, God strategically and lovingly worked the future home for those He made in His image (humanity) to live in (Genesis 1:27). When the garden grew wild, in love, He stooped low to tender it. He left the glory of Heaven and took on flesh in the person of His Son, Jesus Christ. He got His hands dirty (in fact they were pierced), He suffered unimaginably to beat the last enemy (death) on the cross, so in faith His people can have life eternal!

In love God commands us to take care of the garden that He has so lovingly made for us (Genesis 2:15). He does this because He is a God of means, His creation is a tool for us to know Him and get closer to Him. (Romans 1:20)

In cultivating the land we experience God’s sustaining power every time we see a planted seed burst into life! (Psalm 145:16).

Each time we plant a seed, we do it in faith, as none of us can guarantee it’s success. (Ephesians 2:8).

Yes, we plant the seed, and yes various chemical reactions take place for it to grow, but it is God’s design and it is God that gives life (1 Corinthians 3:6).

Abersychan Flowers

Abersychan Flowers

These small exquisite oases throughout our fair county, were but dead brown patches merely weeks ago, but they are now vibrant with colour and busy with life!

What may seem dead on the surface, has the potential to be brimming with activity! (Psalm 104:30). Go out and enjoy them!

Let’s pray that The Lord will revive His church again in this Valley and that we would live to His Glory.

“When you send your Spirit,they are created,and you renew the face of the ground” Psalm 104:30