Hey all! Took a ride to a property I purchased in 2005. 34 + beautiful acres resting on the side of Pine Mountain running east -west across Georgia. As I drove up the grassy road I passed by Walnut Trees I planted about 15 years ago. Behold I saw Walnuts hanging in a few trees. My spiritual brain began immediately to digest the sight before my eyes!
Oh my – the journey that followed:
I stopped – got out of my truck and began picking up fallen walnuts . Some were still green and as many where in the process of turning black. Before long I had a bucket full of walnuts. Time to head for home. On the way my mind raced back to the days of my young when my father stopped in front an old house that had a huge Walnut Tree near the street. There the ground was covered with fallen walnuts. My dad loved walnuts and we quickly began collecting those fallen walnuts covered with green and black husks.
Again — My Oh My – much later (too late) I would recall my dad’s warning! Oh yes he did!
When I arrived home, I rushed into the house and to my trusty computer! Search “Video – how to de husk walnuts”. Remove that green and turning black shell within which the walnut is protected as it matures. The video showed the walnuts being placed in water and rigorously stirred in a process to remove the husks. Simple – I should have studied much more!!
You Guessed It – yes I did! into a bucket of water went the newly fallen walnuts!
Let them soak a while – patients is called for! But this day patients was in short supply! Yes I did – you bet into the water went my hands to fetch and peel each walnut! I discovered the ones turned black peeled the easiest. The green ones no such luck. After about 15 minutes I pulled my hands out of the water to BEHOLD!!! Black fingers and palms! Oh Oh – what does one do?? Oh yea – my dad’s ancient warning jumped into my mind! Too Late??
Oh – Removal of husks multiplied by removal of stain with yet to come removal of the shell just to discover and encounter the treasure hidden within!
Back to the computer I raced! My imagination was running wild thinking of what my wife would have to say! You betcha!! Vinegar, hydrogen peroxide, lemon juice, vegetable oil – all concoctions to rid the stain – yes the ingrained stain to my fingers and hands. The trouble she is a brewing from the haste to discover and encounter the walnut nut – hidden inside the shell covered by by the husk which turns the water into a black stained soup – which is resistant to almost everything! Yikes! I am a goner!
The Stain the Pain: Guaranteed Pause to Reflect on the Stain:
The Holy Spirit me wonders doth follow me around for the laughs I insight. Looking at my stained hands I began to grasp and digest the spiritual secrets and treasures hidden in God’s creation of the Walnut tree and my story – a human nature story. A walnut has two protective hard covers within which it can safely grow and mature! Hmmm! Kinds like us humans! We too need a protective shell as we grow and mature. But hey the Walnut has two protective layers. You betcha! Hmmm? To get to the heart and treasure of the walnut hidden within one must find a method to remove two different protective covers! One which by nature will deteriorate if left alone and the second not so easy to remove! My oh my! A new skill set! Er! Maybe – could it be an ancient skill set??
to be continued ……..
Staring and Contemplating the stain to my fingers and hands cause me to reflect upon the difficulties we humans have communicating. It is as though there is a hidden protective cover to avoid an encounter with another who expresses themselves in a way that threatens our self image.
When I was a kid growing up in northern Indiana, all of my aunts and uncles had a small garden in their yard. Yes, even in depths of winter they figured out how to grow some crops. As a kid, I remember going to one of my uncle’s houses where there was a foot of snow on the ground. I still remember how they constructed the garden above ground held together with wooden beams and covered with what looked to me as an old window that covered the top.
Have you ever sat in a car on a sunny day with windows closed and doors shut? Did it warm up inside the car? The Sun works – the Son works! It can save life that is threatened by cold and surround it with sufficient warmth life can be sustained and even grow!
We live in a new Modern day where people have been largely disconnected from nature and God! Climate Change is the chant! Amazing how MODERN Man can turn TRUTH Upside DOWN! Heck, Climate Change is exactly God’s Design from the Beginning! Man’s challenge is to figure out how to cooperate with mother nature (God’s Design) and use what can be obvious – right in front of the noses of man. Yet perplex and real as it is – Modern man thinks self is smarter! Open your eyes, ears, and spirit says the Lord! Be observant! Pay attention to God’s design – it offers the potential for new life in the midst of many traveling down the wrong path!
Lord Have Mercy!! There really is hope for humanity – if only – if only – if only!!!!
We have had at least 8 dogs that are and were not our dogs! Wolfgang was a black lab puppy my oldest son brought home when he was a freshman in college! Wolfgang would bite your feet (it hurt let me tell you) until you played with him – he did not run out of gas!!! Before we knew it he started running the neighborhood and – he was hit by a car breaking a hip and slowing him down! Nursed him back / he became my traveling pal! Hyper hyper hyper. Hip injury took it’s toll!
Then came Winston – Australian Shepherd – same son – after college! Dog got on the back of someone’s truck and got lost. Winston had our name / number on Veterinarian rabbies tag! Someone called Vet – Bet called my wife. She wouldn’t let our son have the dog back! Winston became my pal too – walk – walk – bounce up walk walk walk – Just like herding sheep – bounce up to look over sheep = me! Winston just got old! Made me cry the day he died!
Well then there was Scarlet – bad habit Russel Terrier – loved chasing cars – found her in the street one morning – sad. With Scarlet came Mick – bull massive – big boy – my wife managed to find Mic a loving home with kids! Both from – you guessed it the same son whose mom set down the law!
Whew! Thought I was finally free! Neighbors sold home and left dog behind – wife fed him – another pal – Brownie was the name we gave her! Unknown to use a hound dog must have been watching – cause little by little he came closer and closer! Brownie’s pal. I called him Little Bit becuase he won’t get close enough to touch! But Inch by inch- day by day, week after week Little Bit moved in. Unfortunately, Little Bit also loved to chase cars – not good!
After a time the Vet discovered found Brownie had had heart worms for a very long time – oh my! A few more tears!
Let your hearts not weary! Bailey, the other neighbors dog had obviously been watching and found an opening – another pal! Bailey was already old and soon began having trouble getting those hind legs to follow! Lots of consulting with the neighbor and the day finally came!
The cold of winter is here – but the signs of new life surround hidden in the wet cold ground around! It’s kinda like some how I managed to learn I can smell nature cooking a brew of nutrients from what appears as all the dead stuff that surrounds!
Took my tractor for a ride in the cold! She fussed a bunch and blew smoke as I started her up! But you know she started to purr as she warmed up to the chore of pulling a harrow in toe! Magic all around if one just open eyes and ears to listen for sounds – new birth mixed into the earths brew! Hills and valleys lie ahead for sure and treasures await for those open to search! Wow! The wonders of the spirit of life – Not for a single second did I think I’ll of anyone – not once did I encounter a trace of ill or hate!
Get it together folks – we are called to be in one spirit = united! The dogs figured it out – just say hi – I wish you a blessed day even when all I can do is only negotiate an inch at a time!
Yesterday, I ordered pine trees to be planted in places clear cut
last year. Yep earth ministry at work using the tools God provides
unseen to many concrete dwellers. Many of them demand no trees be cut
down! Go figure what happened In California where concrete heads
scorched the earth killing every living thing and assured the birth of
new life is delayed and the waters of new life create mud slides to
extend misery far beyond eyes blinded by man’s power grab to replace the one who created it all. I will be using fire 🔥
in the next few days to prepare the earth to receive the trees. Can
you see? The ground is saturated with water. Most of fuel for fire
removed and only dead trash covers the ground. Fire 🔥
consumes whats died and converts it to ash – a magic formula for
replenishing nutrients needed for the birth of new life of every form!
Trees and wild life will rejoice when the new garden leaps from the
Oh did I forget to
tell you I must wait for the right wind so the fire battles itself until
it extinguishes itself! Yep it’s kinda the breath of dying in
preparation for a new rising! Lord have mercy on those who seek to
replace God’s plan with pride, sin and self!
When these human
sins thrive the land is covered with dead fuel of sin and if repentance
(a controlled burn) doesn’t occur soon a scorched earth not capable of
sustaining life will bring a muddy mess when the waters come to renew
Man oh man do I have a lot of work to do! I am just an old
man hoping some how my children and grand children will encounter the
breath of new life more abundant that arises from the ashes of dreams
unfulfilled so when the design God dreams for them appears they can
enter the garden prepared they discover the true gift they are and love
embraces them so tightly it radiates where even the blind can see!!
Playing with Fire! Well actually this is a prescribed burn and what it
looks like. Use fire to extinguish fire. The dead wood and brush of
the earth are converted to ash! Catholics should know except maybe they
haven’t figured out ash contains nutrients that serve as fertilizer for
new life!! Kinda like confession to rid the soul of death in exchange
for the essential grace that sustains the rebirth of new life! I am
gonna smell like smoke when I get home! Thank God I have a laundry
woman! Don’t step a foot in this house until you Give me them