At first glance this morning I noticed a difference in the Rock Garden. My white impatient flowers were all missing! Once before I had noticed this phenomenon…last year and now again. The clues all indicated a garden intruder. With trampled pine straw, chewed off Hosta leaves and missing impatient blooms, this could only mean one thing—the deer had made a visit.
I had set the table for them with delicacies too tempting to resist as they passed over our backyard on their jog down the creek bank. So today I resolved to find a deterrent plant before I re-invest in more flowers. With no consequences to pay—my rock garden has become an open invitation to ‘come and dine’ for our deer friends!
God in His infinite wisdom designed our life with deterrents set in place to aid us in making right decision—not just acclimates when the right decisions have been made. I Corinthians 10:13 instructs us that temptation is common to all of us, but with the temptation, He will provide a way to escape that we will be able to resist succumbing to the wrong pressure.
The deer in my back yard need a way to escape—a deterrent from my rock garden flowers—and I’m determined to find it at the garden center!
I found the remedy for my rock garden dilemma! I went on line and found an abundance of deer resistant plant options. So my rock garden is no longer a lure to God’s creatures—the passing by deer—but a place where they will truly just pass by –not indulge! It is so much easier to do it this way…rather than the continual frustration and futile labor of replacing plants. Now the impatient flowers that I love are reserved for a safer place…under the backyard deck and new plant varieties grow and thrive safely in my rock garden.
How often do we set ourselves up for failure? Insisting on doing something our way…hoping it will work but often watching it fail…again?
God’s plan is His wisdom, and He will equip us with what information we need at the time of need. Our job is to do it! We often have the choice of waiting and hoping against the inevitable—OR—taking action to change the outcome. James 1:5 informs us that God supplies wisdom needed for our lives, but we must act on it in faith.
How about you? What wisdom and knowledge has God provided for you? Sometimes it comes as a mountain-top revelation…other times in a rock garden by a creek bank.