Early in the spring, even when you are still getting snow these pretty little plants will show up.  Several colors of them were by the porch so it was a welcome sight after the long winter to walk out the door and see the bright colors.  They do well in the cold land and being out side all winter and then coming up in the spring they must be very hardy.  The flowers don’t die away after the first day like many others do. 






     The primrose is quite similar but the flowers are smaller on a very thin stem that seemed a bit longer on the one that we had and the leaves also were similar but smaller.







 "Could the earth produce of itself violets and primroses, may blossoms and lilac, corn and fruit, or anything else? No; all that it can do is to bring forth what has been put into it, wrapped in the tiny seeds that are out into the ground. These beautiful things do indeed spring out of the dust of the ground, but all that the garden can do is to "cause the things that are sown in it to spring forth."  

When I told you that you are a little corner in the King's Garden, did you think how very different you are from the little plot of ground that you call your garden? Yes, but listen: "And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground." And unto Adam He said, "Dust thou art."  

The very name that God gave to man-Adam, meaning earth-was to keep us always mindful that we are only dust, with no more power in ourselves than the dust of the ground under our feet. If God should take away the breath of His life from us, "All flesh should perish together, and man should turn again unto dust." And so you see that since we are only dust, we cannot bring forth any good thing from ourselves, any move than the dust of the ground can. Nothing beautiful can grow in the King's Garden, except that, which comes from the seed that He sows there. "So is the kingdom of God, as if a man should cast seed into the ground."  

What is the seed that God sows in His Garden, His kingdom? You will perhaps be surprised when I tell you that it is the very same that He has sown in the ground to make it bring forth grass, flowers, and trees. Now you are thinking of the little brown flower seeds, of the golden grains of wheat, and of the different seeds that you have own, and you are saying, How can this be? How can such seeds as them be sown in my heart?  

But do you know that the real seed, that from which all these seeds that you can up have come, is something that you have not seen? "The seed is the Word of God," and God first cast this seed into the ground when He said, Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb, the fruit tree, the seed. Read all about it in the first chapter of your Bible.  

And it is this same seed-the Word of God-that He sows in the hearts of His children on earth. So when He took Israel for His Kingdom, you remember that He sowed in their hearts the good seed of His precious Word, which He spoke to them from Mount Sinai, with a voice that shook the earth. 

When we want to have a beautiful garden, we are very careful about the seed that we put into it. We plan just what we want to grow there, and than make sure of getting the seed of the very thing that we wish for. We know that we are sure to reap just what we sow, if the ground is good, and the seed is kept there.  

Now God is very particular about His Garden; He wants in it only the choicest and sweetest plants, and He wants all the fruits of the Spirit to be brought forth in each "little plot of hallowed ground." So He provides good seed that will, if it is received into good ground, and kept there, cause it to bring forth just what He wants. And this seed is His own Word.  

From God Himself come forth all things in earth and air and sky. They are formed in His thought, and wrapped up in His Word, as the plant is enfolded in the seed. That seed of the Word went forth into the earth in the beginning when God spoke to the ground and commanded it to bring forth grass and trees. And the earth received the Word, and that which had been in the thought of God, sprang forth and beautified the ground."

May 23, 1901 EJW, PTUK 330