God’s Garden

My precious husband has worked so hard on our yard. For a little over a year I have griped about the outside of the house and gushed over my vision for the yard. Robert has listened and, honestly, brushed it off.

I had all but given up on my yard, but I came home one evening and saw that the unkept, disgusting boxwoods had been completely pulled out. It was really happening! I even had a pumpkin beginning to grow from the seeds of a Halloween Jack-o-lantern. I’m telling you my yard was quite the trainwreck.

Robert removed all of the unwanted bushes and all of the accidental plants. We began preparing the soil for the beautiful, healthy plants that we had purchased. We mixed the soil conditioner with the existing, hard clay.

Colossians 2:7
Let your roots grow down into him, and let your lives be built on him. Then your faith will grow strong in the truth you were taught, and you will overflow with thankfulness.

I have watched the outside of my home become something brand new and different. We were able to use what we had to create something lasting and gorgeous. The outside of our home is fragrant with Gardenia, painted with pink Phlox, and bordered with Drift Roses.

My faith is much like my yard. I had to rip away all of the hurt and sin by the roots. I had to take my experience and mix it with God’s word to prepare myself to become who God wanted me to be. I had to be prepared to serve. Every day I must be intentional to feed God’s garden in my heart.

Some days the sun is harsh and there is not enough water. Some days I have the perfect conditions for growth. Bottomline, I cannot hold onto old behaviors or destructive thinking while still reaching out for God’s will. Conditions change. Everything is temporary: good, bad, or indifferent, but God’s love AND His will remain steadfast.

1 Peter 2:1-3
Therefore, rid yourselves of all malice and all deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and slander of every kind. Like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation, now that you have tasted that the Lord is good

Some days I grow and others I am stunted. My God is always there and my reminder that growth is possible is just outside my door. I am astounded by what is made possible through intentional faith and God’s goodness.

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