Sunrise over Lundy, North of Dundee, Scotland.
Photography courtesy of Ben Bremner,

The righteous man will flourish like the palm tree,
He will grow like a cedar in Lebanon.
Planted in the house of the Lord,
They will flourish in the courts of our God.

Psalm 92:12-13 (NASB)

Yesterday I was busy in the garden, planting out Geraniums, Dianthus, Sweet William, and Buddlea. The first two were complimentary planting around the base ofΒ  our Crab Apple tree, requiring a pleasant symmetry. The Sweet William was of two varieties planted together to compliment each other in our new sun patio, quite close to the Budlea which is more a long term plan. Sadly I had to dispose of a shrub which was rather bedraggled, not having totally recovered from a hot spell last summer. And finally,Β  I painted some pots a pleasing black before watering in my new charges. As I worked away at these tasks this Psalm came to my mind saying that the righteous

will be like a tree firmly planted by streams of water,
Which yields its fruit in its season
And its leaf does not wither;
And in whatever he does, he prospers.
Psalm 1:3

To continue my recent theme of gardening, in this moment I was reminded that my Father God is the Gardener – and I am His tree planted by Him where He wants me to flower.

Dear reader, you are His! All the planning and care I put into my garden is a pale imitation in comparison to Father God’s planning and care for His garden. He will plant you in precisely the right place where you can serve Him the best. In His care you will flourish.

24 thoughts on “Planted by Him

  1. Amen Alan! Love the photo shared and the update on your gardening! God is certainly our gardener and will plant us at the right place at the right time. God bless 😊

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  2. So reassuring. I love believing that I am right where God wants me to be. When I sometimes doubt it, I get thrown off balance, but going back into God’s word gets me on the right track — and reading inspiring blogs like this are a comforting blessing. Thank you, Alan.

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    1. Hi Mary, it is such an honour and a precious encouragement to be of any service to you and our other brethren. There are times I doubt the effectiveness of my writing, but then I remind myself it is not the words, but the power of He who uses the words to His Glory who matters. All glory to His name! May you be comforted and blessed in Him tonight sister, Amen. πŸ™

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  3. Thanks for the encouragement Alan. I find myself questioning my place in the world, and your post has encouraged me to remember that God has place me exactly where he wants me. May I flourish here until he moves me onto the next place. Great writing as ever!

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