I was wondering, do any of you have a special place where you can go to have peace and quiet and reflection? Away from kids, housework, husband, telephone, and so forth.
For over half the year, my special place for reflection is my garden. I could never thank Allah enough for my garden if I lived to be a thousand and thanked him everyday! All through spring, summer and fall there are so many wonders of Allah's perfect creation there to reflect on. Watching plants emerge after their winter's sleep. Watching a tiny hummingbird enjoy the nectar in the flowers. Seeing the bees, so busy, so wonderous! Spiders making fabulous webs that turn into jeweled garlands in the morning dew. Tiny drops of water sitting in the lovely soft leaves of the lady's mantle plant look like so many diamonds.
I could go on and on. I spend as much time as I can in my garden, even on cold or rainy days like today, because when I am there I am reminded every second of the beautiful gifts Allah has granted me. My garden is my joy. It is the place that I feel Allah has given me to counter-balance all the pain and hurt and suffering I have had to endure in this life.
16:10-11 - It is He Who sends down rain from the sky: from it ye drink, and out of it (grows) the vegetation on which ye feed your cattle. With it He produces for you corn, olives, date-palms, grapes and every kind of fruit: verily in this is a Sign for those who give thought.
16:68-69 - And thy Lord taught the Bee to build its cells in hills, on trees, and in (men's) habitations; Then to eat of all the produce (of the earth), and find with skill the spacious paths of its Lord: there issues from within their bodies a drink of varying colours, wherein is healing for men: verily in this is a Sign for those who give thought.
Do any of you have a special place of reflection?
Sticks and stones may break my bones, but your words...they break my soul ~