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How to handle the small Drought….

July 18, 2011

The crunch of dry grass under my feet as I walk to the garden warns me my bucket is too small, the day too hot. It hasn’t rained here in a week or more. Some leaves are drooping, too heavy with large spaghetti and butternut squash to lift their leaves in even hope of a drink like the corn. The corn with its leaves raised high, no more waving in the breeze like banners of faithfulness just staunch high raised begging. Pointing to where their help comes from.

So many needing the rain to come. They show it in different ways….some leaves droop low in exhausted umbrellas while others reaching high in funnel shaped hope. I find the zucchini with all its fruit picked sits quietly, neither drooping or stretching but waiting not expending any energy or making new. All wanting the same thing…not to thirst.

Yet in another corner….yet in many corners of the garden production is in full swing. This small drought has only strengthened some of my plants. The peppers are producing in bushels. My watermelons seem to be unaware. They vine through all the garden as if every bed is theirs as they tuck in sweet melons next to cool beet leaves.

The drought speaks and feeds in many ways.
For some it is all sadness and lack of hope.
Another it is a reason to spur them upwards in a strain for the heavens.
Then some sit as if nothing is happening, at the same time producing very little.
But for some it is just what they needed. They expand and grow in ways which seem to double anything they were capable of before.
***Here is a list of the ten eleven things I am thankful for in our drought….
1.)Cool pool waters to break the afternoon heat.
2.)Scads of my favorite (And only hybrid) pepper in my garden: the false alarm jalepeno.
3.)Gardening lessons….so much to learn walking in the garden.
4.)Strong children in little bucket brigades.
5.)Finally some beautiful art…my drought has passed!
6.)Dare I say a baby who sleeps through the night?
7.)Forgiveness…and the awareness of who to forgive.
8.)feet and feet of hose.
9.)Fields to be donated.
10.) Flowers which love the lack of rain and who are blooming,leading the eye to look up and not down.
11.)Salted Caramel Icecream…and normally I don’t even eat ice cream!


What kind of role do you play when Drought comes to your life? Is it all about how we are built or is it many times our perspective of what “Drought” is supposed to do that colors how we handle it in our lives? Can we give ourselves permission to embrace it or is it something we must just bear?~T

17 Comments leave one →
  1. July 18, 2011 10:55 am

    This is a beautiful post. I see us in it. How we all respond differently in harsh conditions, some wither, some shrink, some yearn harder for what’s needed, some produce bushel loads, some bloom radiant. Beautiful images and writing both. So glad to have stumbled your way. May your drought lift soon with sweet rainfall.

  2. July 18, 2011 11:21 am

    Oh my gosh…I am so glad you got that. I was worried people would just think I was sitting around thinking about vegetables all the day long, lol.
    Another interesting point is how we can manifest all those properties within ourselves…and during a drought- it may be the only time other positive attributes of ourselves can flourish..while others take a back seat.
    Thanks for popping by!
    T

  3. July 18, 2011 1:38 pm

    I am visiting from Simple Bites and super glad to be here.
    I try to see droughts as a necessary part and, as you’ve described, find the inspiration. I enjoyed how you mentioned teaching your family to think and become less selfless. That’s a wonderful lesson and I know many adults who could benefit ! I remember being disappointed when rain would spoil our trip to the zoo or pool as a child yet my mom would tell us “the farmers are glad I am sure”. 🙂 What a great thing to keep in mind.
    I think droughts both literally and figuratively make the “sweet rain” as Dawn so lovely called it, all the better. In life when things seem to “dry up” and “get tough” it makes those remarkable days all the sweeter! We need the droughts to appreciate the rainy days and the rainy days to help us appreciate the days that are fair.

    Thank you for your words and beautiful photos too 🙂

    • July 18, 2011 5:34 pm

      Welcome! The droughts most definitely make the rain more appreciative but they also bring out things in us we did not even know we were capable of.

      So glad you stopped by!
      T

  4. momma permalink
    July 18, 2011 5:46 pm

    love your writing..it is soo true.. the question is great ..hopefully we will thrive and flower..

  5. July 18, 2011 7:04 pm

    Your garden is beautiful! How wonderful that things are still thriving in the heat and drought. Love reading your list of blessings through it all. What kind of art do you make… love to see it! 🙂

  6. July 18, 2011 7:15 pm

    Thank you a hundred times over.
    The fact you said you would love to see my art *pinged* tears to my eyes. I never realy think other people will think much either way about it. so thank you, really-thank you.
    Most of its just simple art which makes me happy to look at it. Mostly I waterpaint. The banner at the top was a simple piece I cut out of a larger piece…. and not that it is too “Arty” …but that little flower pot with a seedling (in my upper right corner)…I made that too.
    So blessed by you tonight.
    Humbly,
    T

    • July 18, 2011 10:09 pm

      Oh, it is beautiful! Your banner is gorgeous! When I saw the flower pot… I thought you might watercolor. Love it! I have a link party every Friday on my blog called ‘in the studio… sneak peek friday’. We get together and share what kind of creations we have been working on. I would love to have you join us sometime! I would love to see more of your art! It’s wonderful! 🙂

      • July 19, 2011 8:23 am

        I will have to check it out. You are so thoughtful to want to include me.
        Thank you.
        I will love to see what other artists are working on for sure!
        Thanks again for really blessing me,
        T

  7. July 18, 2011 9:09 pm

    Thanks for stopping by my blog. I too was curious about what art you make. A season of drought can be used to strengthen other areas of our lives bringing us closer to the person God sees us as.

  8. July 19, 2011 1:32 am

    Hi T! The remnants of my illness, they try to suck me dry, hoping I would wallow in drought. But the drought they bring drives me to rise, open my lips to praise the God of heavens until He rains down on my parched places, and I drink to the full. And He always does. Anywhere and any season, He never fails. Thank you for these beautiful words you shared.

    Rina

  9. Ells....ro elliott permalink
    July 19, 2011 3:47 pm

    I thought I would drop by and see who this kind person is…. encouraging my baby steps I love what I read….your post reminds me of the hymn….This is my Father’s World…..He speaks to me everywhere….. nothing is lost when we are tuned to hear His voice.

    • July 19, 2011 6:44 pm

      Oh you are adorable.
      I am smiling big that you stopped by.
      You are going to be great to visit!
      T

  10. July 19, 2011 11:55 pm

    I’ve watched some of my plants languish so in drought and others thrive — you described that so well. And the part about the corn pointing to where their help comes from… just lovely. Great list, too 🙂

  11. July 21, 2011 11:39 am

    love your post…i love how water heals in so many ways and thought the same things as i was driving home the other day watching the cornfields soak up the rain. 🙂

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