The Garden

7 08 2013

I have a neighbor around the corner who has a thriving garden. He tends to it with great care. His yard overflows with all kinds of beautiful flowers, green shrubs, and fruit trees. It is a delight to walk past his house every day. It seems like each morning brings a new beauty. Some flowers bloom while others are fading. He seems to know just when to prune, water, feed, and weed his plants. Even in the midst of summer’s heat, his garden has flourished under his care.

One thing that is a constant amidst all of the flowers, plants, and blossoms is his presence. He works in his garden every day. Evidence of his daily care is seen in the tender way he watches over each plant. He loves his garden, and his garden prospers because it is an expression of his heart.

“And the Lord will guide you continually and satisfy your desire in scorched places and make your bones strong; and you shall be like a watered garden, like a spring of water, whose waters do not fail.” – Isaiah 58:11

God filled the world with an infinite variety of colors, textures, patterns, and purpose as He planted trees, shrubs, and flowers throughout the earth. Each one holds within it evidence of His mercy, markers of His love, and lessons about our need to be deeply rooted in Him. Faith is like a garden. Beautiful gardens don’t happen by accident. It requires a deliberate investment of time, resources, energy, and vision to allow faith to bloom and thrive. Most of all, it requires the constant presence of the Gardener and surrender to His wisdom and purpose.

My Jesus Resolution today is to learn the lessons of the garden. Garden care and soul care have a lot of similarities. I want my heart to have deep roots in His love. I want to find my nourishment in the light of His presence. I want to thrive under His care as He works out His purpose in the way He shapes me. Today I want to plant myself in Jesus and let Him bloom in me.


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