Crunchy Leaves

Jade_1 Posted by Jade Irwin on Wed, 10 Feb 2016 | 5 comments | Bookmark: digg this Post this to Post this to Facebook

Another week has past, and Gideon and I have been learning about plants in science. We have been exploring the grounds of Kiwoko Hospital to spot plants that are healthy, plants that are not doing too well, and learning what they need to grow happily and healthily. Of course Gideon is able to tell me all kinds of information about plants that I didn’t even know, like which trees produce which fruit, and how the aloe vera plant works! Never too old to learn!

At the moment, the leaves are crunching, trees are thirsty, the grass is crispy underneath my feet, the red dust on the roads is covering everything nearby and it is so striking that in what is one of the hottest countries, there is so much need for rain, for nourishment. I am told that the majority of trees and plants here, although very obviously needing to be watered, can endure the dryness of this season. They won’t be fully green and healthy however, until there is a full rainfall.

It is striking to me, how similar my own life is to these plants needing to be nourished. At this stage of my life, I have learned how to get by. I have a good sense of endurance – pushing through struggles when I need to. I have developed reasonably good self-care tactics and my own defences kick in when they have to. There is a big difference however, between enduring life and living life to the full.

Nourishment for me comes in many forms… warm smiling eyes, a lovely meal set down in front of me, a glass of cold water, curling up on the sofa with a good book, a walk or jog somewhere scenic, Paul putting some good films on my computer, messages or calls from loved ones, joyful children.

It is incredible how in a season of struggle or drought, these little mercies can provide water to quench the thirst of my heart. The kind, gracious, life-giving words of Jesus telling me that I am unique, significant and loved feeds my soul. I am reminded this week that Jesus brings life. Fullness of life. He is all about nourishment, joy, positive transformation, adventurous newness, freedom and fullness!

His love goes on and on. Unlike the rain here in Uganda, his love never ever stops. No matter where you are in the world, at home or far away from home, you are seen. You are never alone. You are adored. You are loved. Always.


Debbie said Wed, 10 Feb 2016 01:13PM
Wonderful blog jade I'm sure ur thriving out their and wonder to hear that your learning from Gideon as much as he is learning from you. Keep strong and soak everything up my lovelie 💖
Sandra Johnston said Wed, 10 Feb 2016 03:08PM
Hey Jadey :) so great to see ur update n to hear Gideon is keeping u up to speed Lol. Such beautiful thoughts and words Jade thank you for sharing. It is also food for my soul as well. You put everything across so beautifully and I can just see u in bare feet on the crisp grass of Kiwoko . The little blessings of life we see around us each moment of everyday are amazing and all part of Gods great creation . The same God who made all this made us ! Our God is Amazing ! Bless you sweetheart in all you do may u be blessed as u bless those around u . Sandra xxxxx
Frank Dobbs said Wed, 10 Feb 2016 06:43PM
Best not to walk in bare feet, Jade. You can get jiggers : see link
Elaine Jeffrey said Thu, 11 Feb 2016 01:12PM
Hello you my lovely Jade , I love ur blogs ( this one made me cry but in a good way )u discribe it well I can see it . Have the elections started ? I pray that u r all safe and well
Paula said Tue, 16 Feb 2016 03:23PM
You are such a beautifully descriptive writer baby. You truly embrace, see, sense and appreciate the things around you more than most can. You are unique and special and strong and an achiever. Stay resolute when your heart aches because you are changing lives. Stay safe, determined and writing lol. Love you xox

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