even in the darkest days of winter, nature is still trying to tell us its secrets!

 icy blast unveils God's tree design

icy blast unveils God's tree design

The Pacific NW has experienced the coldest summer on record and the governor has asked that the whole state be determined a farm disaster area.  On the home front we are wondering what on earth we will do with green tomatoes this year as it looks as though we will have plenty.

To be honest I am looking towards winter with a great deal of trepidation.  However I realized as I read this article that even in the depths of winter we need to keep our eyes and ears open for what God may be saying to us. Perhaps in the midst of this cold season there are things we can learn about God and God’s world… and maybe they can lead to new inventions like this possibility  for new solar panel designs that can benefit not just us but our entire world.

People see winter as a cold and gloomy time in nature. The days are short. Snow blankets the ground. Lakes and ponds freeze, and animals scurry to burrows to wait for spring. The rainbow of red, yellow and orange autumn leaves has been blown away by the wind turning trees into black skeletons that stretch bony fingers of branches into the sky. It seems like nature has disappeared.


But when I went on a winter hiking trip in the Catskill Mountains in New York, I noticed something strange about the shape of the tree branches. I thought trees were a mess of tangled branches, but I saw a pattern in the way the tree branches grew. I took photos of the branches on different types of trees, and the pattern became clearer.  Read the entire article


4 Responses

  1. Ohhhh, Christine … my mom makes the best green tomato relish. I’ll see if I can find the recipe and pass it along to you. Growing up in New England, the proportion of green tomatoes to red was often fairly even.

    • Sonja I would love to see the recipe – and if you can give me a little history on it that would be great. We are thinking of putting together a Mustard seed celebration cookbook & I will be looking for recipes that have been in people’s family or that have special meaning

  2. I ams surprised (and very sorry) to learn of your cold summer. Here in Southern Virginia we are having just the opposite problem. Our summer has been brutally hot and dry. We are in the midst of a drought, which has been very hard on farms here.

    I pray God’s blessings on you and the farmers in your area.


  3. I know Bill it is amazing – while the rest of the country is boiling we are freezing – at least I am but then my thermostat is set for Africa

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