Invisible Forces

The evil king of Aram was out to kill the king of Israel and plunder the countryside. 2 Kings 6 Time and again he plotted where and when to attack the Israelites. Yet the king of Israel was warned each and every time and made well his escape. When the evil king was notified that Elisha the prophet was the source of the military leaks, the king sent horses and chariots along with a strong army force to get rid of the man of God.

The Arameans surrounded the city where Elisha and his servant were staying. In the early morning, Elisha’s servant stepped outside to begin preparations for the day – there was the enemy army! They were all around!

The servant ran back inside and shouted at his master, “Oh no, my lord! What shall we do?”

Elisha was not concerned. “Don’t worry about it,” he told his servant. We have a bigger army than they do. As a puzzled servant stood there with a muddled look on his face, Elisha prayed. “Open his eyes, Lord, so that he may see.”

The servant did not know what was out there. Even the enemy army did not know what was out there. Yet God had provided all that was needed – more than what was needed. They just couldn’t see it.

For we live by faith, not by sight.   2 Corinthians 5:7

Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.  Hebrews 11:1

Then the Lord opened the servant’s eyes, and he looked and saw the hills full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha.  2 Kings 6

Chris Tomlin wrote a wonderful song about this “God of angel armies.”

The chorus goes like this:

I know who goes before me
I know who stands behind

The God of angel armies
Is always by my side

Listen to the entire song here:

Angels are real. Angel armies are real. But most importantly, God is real. Pray and ask Him to open your eyes.

The Delicious Honeyberry

This little-known berry bush is beginning to make itself known here in the States. I found this Canadian native peeking out from the pages of garden catalogs for a number of years, but I was too hesitant to try something brand new. Then, three years ago, I ordered two blueberry bushes. By mistake, the garden company sent me one blueberry bush and one honeyberry, so in the ground it went. Last year it produced four scrumptious berries that I savored! This year it is loaded with blossoms!

A three-year old honeyberry bush tucked into an east facing corner of my garden.

In order to produce well it needs to be pollinated by another variety of honeyberry, so I planted one last year. The one pictured is my three-year-old. Last week we had sustained winds up to 50 m.p.h. and these two bushes did just fine. They are set in a sheltered corner of the house – just in case. The day after the winds, an artic blast flew down out of Canada. Our night temperatures were in the low 20’s. Then yesterday I took a look and this silly honeyberry bush is bursting with blossoms!

That’s my kind of berry!

Blossoms like this cover my three-year old honeyberry bush.

It is cold hardy to -55 F and the blossoms can withstand 20 F. They have a higher level of antioxidants than blueberries and can be eaten fresh or made into jam or used in any blueberry recipe. It is also disease and pest resistant as well.

If you have a corner of your yard or garden you need to fill, take a serious look at this crazy berry!

Stark Brothers photo of a honeyberry bush full of fruit. I will be ever grateful for their mistake.

If you have any honeyberries on your property, please tell us how it’s doing and what you think of it. What other suggestions do you have for fruit or flowers this year?