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In the beginning God created — and said it is good.


I have an acre of land.  It has a house, a shed, a shop, cars, gardens, flower beds, driveway, grass, trees, mailbox, and other such plants and man-made objects.  It was messy when we moved in.  We cleaned up; removed walls; installed windows, laid stepping stones, planted shrubs, trimmed trees, painted walls, built book shelves, planted grass, set out bulbs.  We put it together so we said, “It is good.”

But it wouldn’t stay that way!  It had to be maintained.  A bit at a time.  A weed pulled, a flower fertilized, a rock replaced, a tree trimmed, a machine oiled, a cabinet cleaned, a bed made, a curtain replaced, a board nailed.

So what is my point?

“He’s got the whole world in his hands.”  God created.  He said, “It is good.”  And he maintains – a bit at a time.  Sometimes his maintenance includes feel good stuff like feeding, watering, and saying sweet words; other times he performs surgery down to the quick by pruning, salting, and words of rebuke.

His eyes roam to see for whom he can do good.***


***2 Chronicles 16:9,Job 31:4,Jeremiah 16:17,Zechariah 4:10 …9 For the eyes of the Lord move to and fro throughout the earth that He may strongly support those whose heart is completely His.

Note from Google regarding theism: “Theism is the belief in an active, interventionist god who not only created the world (and some believe fine-tuned it for human use), but also may require worship,…”


About oneta hayes

ABOUT ME Hello. To various folks I am Neat’nee, Mom, Grandma Neta, Gramma, Aunt Neta, Aunt Noni, Aunt Neno, and Aunt Neto (lots of varieties from little nieces and nephews). To some I’m more like “Didn’t you used to be my teacher?” or “Don’t I know you from someplace?” To you, perhaps, I am a Fellow Blogger. Not “fellow” like a male or a guy, but “fellow” like a companion or an adventurer. I would choose to be Grandma Blogger, and have you pull up a chair, my website before you, while I tell you of some days of yore. I have experienced life much differently than most of you. It was and is a good life. I hope to share nuggets of appreciation for those who have gone before me and those who come after me. By necessity you are among those who come after me and I will tell you of those who came before. Once upon a time in a little house on a prairie - oops, change that lest I commit plagiarism - and change that “house on the prairie” to “dugout on the prairie.” So my story begins...
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  1. Bettie G says:

    Beautiful thoughts and reminders, especially this: “other times he performs surgery down to the quick by pruning, salting, and words of rebuke.” The gardens would not look the same without that kind of pruning work, and I know that I need that same kind of working in my own heart. Blessings to you today! (And I love your pretty flower beds!)

    • oneta hayes says:

      I’m sure he like the feeding, watering, talking part if we would be sensitive to him and his voice. Maybe surgery wouldn’t be needed. The picture is a three or four year old. I’m in winter weather now. Sorrowfully, I have not been able to “maintain” my yard since the hip replacement time plus other health issues. I miss it. My son does the lawn so it stays nice. Flowers are about gone. Fortunately God does not have health issues! 😀

  2. JOY journal says:

    So true. Frustrating at times, but true.

    • oneta hayes says:

      Appealing to me that the God who created me, cares for me. When I hurt and when I’m in pain. Thanks for your comment. I agree that it sometimes is frustrating when he will not negotiate! 😀

  3. Faye says:

    True indeed. Thank you for the post.

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