Tending your Garden?

Song of Solomon 2:12 – Flowers appear on the earth; the season of singing has come, the cooing of doves is heard in our land. (NIV)

All be it a little early, I think spring has sprung. I think for most people, this season really gets us moving. There’s so much going on. With all that goes on at one point you’ll stop to admire the flowers. In Texas everyone’s attention turns to the Bluebonnet. Our fields and roadsides are covered with them. We see people stopping to take pictures in the massive blankets of Bluebonnets. What a testimony for God’s purposeful creation.

It’s this time of year when I often admire God’s creation the most. What was just a lifeless looking landscape a short time ago, is now thriving with new vegetation and beautiful flowers. Many of us plant gardens of flowers and/or vegetables. We carefully prepare the soil, plant seeds or seedlings and then we watch over them. We give them the necessary nutrients and water that are essential for their growth. In a few weeks we can admire and or devour what we have watched grow. Now on a few occasions someone may plant a garden and then neglect to take care of it. Without proper care a garden will be filled with weeds, the plants we be malnourished and thus will not produce flowers or fruit. If storms or harsh heat come these plants will usually die.

Just like these plants we are also God’s creation. If we do not feed ourselves spiritually we will be much like a neglected garden. Our lives will be full of “weeds”, we won’t be producing any fruit and when a “storm” comes we’re not going to be prepared to deal with it. This is no coincidence. If we take care of our plants God will bless us and his creations. He requires the same care for each and every one of his children and thus if we feed ourselves spiritually on a regular basis we will produce much “fruit” and be eternally blessed!

John 15:4 – Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me.

 

One thought on “Tending your Garden?”

  1. I hadn’t thought about who tends our “earth” during the “off season” for gardens. God is the gardener always, but especially during the winter months. I don’t do too much during those cold times to assure that the earth will be ready for my planting, etc. in the spring, but I know that God does. You are right that he is the Gardner of our souls and would like our cooperation in the effort of becoming stronger followers of his word. ( Just consider these mom’s “weird” conceptions.)

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