One of our favourite days off is walking in the Malvern Hills and I look forward to drinking cold, refreshing water at the end of the walk. Sadly last time we walked there this sign was up: The water from this spring has failed recent bacteriological tests and should be boiled before use. I decided not to drink it. It worked as a metaphor for me to think about what did and didn’t bring me refreshment. I have tried and tried but somehow gardening isn’t one of those things. As I have grown older I have hoped I would become a passionate gardener who would restore our gardens so they looked like they did when we moved in! Hasn’t happened. I have realized I need to recharge and get refreshed in ways that work for me and have not managed to will myself to enjoy gardening although I envy those who do. However, I still draw comfort from this verse:
The Lord will guide you continually, and satisfy your needs in parched places, and make your bones strong;
and you shall be like a watered garden, like a spring of water, whose waters never fail. Is 58:11.