Nylstroom: A small message of Hope

The last blog post shared some of the scenes around our town, gripped in one of the worst droughts in history.

I have shared some photos on facebook about the state of our town’s dam, the main water supply. But here is some of it for those readers not on my facebook…

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I have taken this rock to our church, as a token of remembrance-  we need rain…

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Beauty in death…

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I also learned this past week that one beer can really hurt you. And no, I did not step into a broken bottle…

A week or two ago my wife and I sat in this dam, between the cracked dry mud, and we prayed. Something mayor is going on in our lives, and we are experiencing the onslaught in so many ways. Landing on the front page of the Afrikaans newspapers all over South Africa, just by buying a beer at a  National Cricket Game and being identified as a pastor afterwards did not help at all.

This morning I had to deliver a letter at a Crocodile farm. I took the long way home, feeling very down and out at the moment. The long route took me across some of the beautiful scenery in our part of the world, even if it severely dry at the moment. I just am in no mood to be amongst people today.

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And so, with this long route back home, I drove past our Donkerpoort Dam again from the other side, and went in there again- it is one of my favorite praying spots.

The Lord must have invited me there. Because what I have seen, has really blessed me. It did rain over the weekend, quite a lot in some places. And when I walked over to the middle of the dam, I saw this sight…  the change has begun. The slow restoration of hope has started to change the scenery…

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A very small stream has begun to flow, covering the cracks, bringing the promise of a new season…  It is still very small. It disappears into the dry earth quite suddenly. But… it is there. And if it continues to grow, it will make a huge difference…

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Friends in wet countries will probably not understand my excitement over such a small amount of water. Friends in desert countries will rejoice with me. In a normal year, even these rocks will be a few meters under water.

I needed to see this promise of hope this morning.  The wonderful sound of water flowing. The frogs- where have they been??? has started croaking again.  And I so long for the day the fish wlll be jumping again at sunset, and to hear the cry of the fish eagle again soon…

A little bit of water brings a lot of hope to a dry place.  I now pray for the same to happen to my heart…

PS Photo Quality sucks… took it with my phone- plan to go and show it to my wife this afternoon and take a decent camera along.  And pray a little more…

The joy of rain in the summer heat…

Some people live in places where it rain every day. They are so used to it, that the joy of rain might be lost…

On the other hand, we who live in dry places have the utmost experience of joy when the rain comes. Christmas Day was extremely hot and dry, and yesterday the rain came again.

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So I grabbed my trusty old Canon Powershot SX 150 iS and went to play in the rain…

Rain to us is a symbol of new life. And my vegetable garden really enjoyed the cooling down…

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Yes, I know, my tomatoes do not look like supermarket quality. But they are organically grown, with NO insecticides used at all… and they taste delicious!

Cheer- Daily Prompt

Daily Prompt: Pep Rally

by michelle w. on October 29, 2013

We all know someone who could use a pep talk… so write them one!

Photographers, artists, poets: show us CHEER.

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The part of South Africa where I live, is prone to droughts. It is planting time for the farmers, and they urgently need rain to have enough moisture to plant.

So how can I cheer them up? By my photos taken just now, of the view outside my home office window…

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_MG_1385When you have over 330 days of sunshine in a year, this is a most welcome sight… my friends in England and Ireland would not understand,..  🙂

 

Good Morning Spring! Weekly Photo Competition

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My friends would have seen the drought and the bush fires in our region on my blog over the last few weeks. It is hot, and extremely dry in October in the Bushveld region of South Africa. There is one thing that we need above all else. And last night it started to happen! We had the first lovely thunder shower. Now I do not have the skill to take beautiful pictures of thunder storms.

But this morning- we woke up to a brand new world! Everything is crisp and clean, there is already new life visible in nature all around us. So I just had to grab one of the cameras and take another picture or two for this challenge. So, fresh from my garden, I present:  Morning in Spring:

You know it is October when the Jacaranda blooms...

You know it is October when the Jacaranda blooms…

Ok, this Jacaranda blossom fell on top of a small White Stinkwoodtree, and I loved the way nature presented it for me!

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My new season of tomatoes is beginning- the seed have sprouted!

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The blossom of the pomegranate just before opening, the leaves still bear witness of last night’s blessing…

And there you have it: Morning in my garden…