It’s almost 70º today in Detroit! After enduring the coldest February in 140 years, today feels like mid-summer! And, you can already see tulips and daffodils pushing above the soil. Now is the time that many people find themselves on their hands and knees digging, planting, weeding, watering… you get the picture. We’re exchanging snow shovels for garden spades! It’s time to garden. New flowers and fresh plants just seem to make everything look better.
I’ve been thinking a lot about my life becoming God’s garden. I desire new life to push through the cold winter soil of my heart like tulips. Yes, to open my life towards the warm Son and produce a pure, beautiful rose-like aroma that touches the senses of my Lord. Love refuses to remain dormant beneath the surface – that is IF it’s real love: God’s Love. My dear children, let’s not just talk about love; let’s practice real love. 1 John 3:18 msg.
Practice it, huh? That means there’s still work to be done…
I must prepare… I must labor… I must love.
Gone are the roots of bitterness! Farewell to the weeds of compromise! I must burn the remnants of previous blossoms!
Then as I allow the seeds of truth, correction and purpose to go beneath the surface, I die to self and allow His newness to begin working in me, through me and out from me to others.
Labor has produced Life.
Humility has produced Hope.
Death has produced Destiny.
Now, I must tend this garden – for the enemy will never concede the loss. No, he will send the weeds, insects, and drought. I must remain steadfast & strong. It’s good to know that the Spirit loves the garden even more than me and He will guide my efforts and empower my labors.
So throw all spoiled virtue and cancerous evil in the garbage. In simple humility, let our gardener, God, landscape you with the Word, making a salvation-garden of your life. James 1:21 msg.
trusting my Gardner, Chilly
Q: What do you need to weed and what do you need to feed?