Trusting the Scene Changes

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On our way home yesterday we pulled off the Interstate near Marion, Arkansas, hoping to find a restroom and a quick lunch. We got a feast all right, not for our bellies but for our eyes. I bypassed the two service stations and turned instead into The Peach Shed, one of the prettiest nursery/fruit stands I have seen anywhere.

On Monday when we got off the Interstate, I had followed my nose. On Tuesday I grabbed my camera and followed my eyes.

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As soon as I captured one bright scene, I’d see another one.

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I couldn’t tell what this row of pink metal birds represented . . .

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. . . until I got past the chain link fence and saw that they were peacocks.

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I’ve never walked among so many metal yard animals in one place.

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The sheer number of bright objects in my view was impressive, but that wasn’t the main thing that stood out at The Peach Shed. It was the artistic attention to detail, evidenced everywhere. The pictures show only what was in front of me, but it was a thrilling experience to step gingerly in the midst of the vibrant shapes carefully arranged all around me.

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I saw nothing haphazard. Many of the plants looked as if they were placed so perfectly, you shouldn’t even disturb them to purchase them. One section seemed more like a garden than a place to buy plants. Behind this business is someone who cares a great deal.

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The person behind The Peach Shed makes me think of another Gardener, One who arranges every changing scene of our lives perfectly.

Around 1704, Benjamin Schmolck published Mein Jesu, Wie Du Willt. In 1854 Jane L. Borthwick translated it from German into English. Here is the last verse.

My Jesus, as Thou wilt! All shall be well for me;
Each changing future scene I gladly trust with Thee:
Straight to my home above I travel calmly on,
And sing, in life or death, my Lord, Thy will be done!

Teaching our children that they can trust Jesus with each changing future scene is one of the most important lessons you will ever teach them.

Though the fig tree should not blossom
And there be no fruit on the vines,
Though the yield of the olive should fail
And the fields produce no food,
Though the flock should be cut off from the fold
And there be no cattle in the stalls,
Yet I will exult in the Lord,
I will rejoice in the God of my salvation.
The Lord God is my strength,
And He has made my feet like hinds’ feet,
And makes me walk on my high places.
Habakkuk 3:17-19

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