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Charlotte’s Garden

Charlotte's Garden

A garden, whether large or small, holds many lessons for life. Jesus pointed to the flowers of the field to teach the cares of life. The lessons of gardening provides the backdrop for today’s guest post by writer Shirley Johnson.

Charlotte loved to work in her garden in the morning. She could hear the morning birds greet the day with a song. The refreshing dewdrops found rest upon the garden. The flowers seemed to smile back at the sun.

Charlotte worked hard at maintaining the presentation and growth of the garden. She knew with the proper care it would not only look beautiful, but create a peaceful atmosphere for those viewing it. From childhood, she knew which of the elements and garden intruders can interfere with the presentation and growth of the garden and which are harmless.

The garden often ministered to Charlotte. She embraced the seasons of the garden.

The garden often shared reflections of life and whispers of hope.

While working in the garden a ladybug crawled on her sleeve. There was a time many years ago if this happened she would have panicked. She smiled and laughed to herself. Charlotte thought back to when she was a very small child. She was with her mom visiting at their friend’s home. The porch provided a favorite play area. Somehow a ladybug crawled right where she sat. She cried out to her mom for help.

Charlotte’s mom came running in response to her cries. While Charlotte saw a big intruder, her mother saw a simple little ladybug.

“Oh, Charlotte, it’s okay,” said her mom, who had gardened a long time and knew the difference between a harmless bug and dangerous ones.

“This is just an innocent little bug that somehow landed in the wrong place.”

She calmly scooped up the ladybug with her gentle hands, opened the screen door, and let it go.

Garden seasons

Life’s seasons have a way of presenting different problems.

There are times when we have real problems, big problems that we need to face, address and solve.

Sometimes though, we have little irritations that invade our space, landing right where we sit in life. They have us talking, repeating, agonizing and spinning our wheels. These interfere and distract us from the purpose and plan in our lives. They “bug” us.

When those little irritations land in our space,

look at them and determine how big they are.

Perhaps there are times when we too must open the screen door

and let them go.


Shirley JohnsonShirley Johnson shares inspiration and encouragement through her writing. She is a member of SCBWI and ACFW. She loves to read and has volunteered at her local Public Library as an Adult Literacy Tutor. Shirley shares her writing on her blog, Connect with her on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.


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2 Replies

  1. Glad to share your words! Blessings to you!

  2. Thank you for the opportunity to guest post.