“For as the earth brings forth its bud, as the garden causes the things that are sown in it to spring forth, so the Lord God will cause righteousness and praise to spring forth before all the nations.” Isaiah 61:11
I’m thankful for dirt. And seeds. And rain. And especially plants I can buy, already growing and rooted!
It’s that time of year again…to start getting excited about growing stuff. Now that spring is here, I’m itching to get my little patch of ground ready for the herbs and vegetables I will attempt to cultivate. Attempt is the operative word here—I do not have a green thumb. But that doesn’t stop my optimism every year from going wild, planting whatever I can cram into this small space to see if it works…sort of like throwing worm after worm on a fish hook into lake water, hoping for a nibble.
I can’t wait to start poking around in the seeds and plants displays at Lowe’s (even though I know that the watchword for our region is to not plant anything until after Mother’s Day). Some plants will come up great. Some are even fruitful! Herbs seem to do best, and the ones in the photo above over-wintered well (meaning, I didn’t kill them). I’ll also try again for a few tomatoes…even though I only had ONE tomato out of SIX plants last year. That should give you an indication of my gardening abilities!
As I contemplate the opportunities for my spring garden, I also think of the garden in my heart. Am I giving it attention? Am I watering it and feeding it with God’s word? Am I weeding out the negative thoughts or sinful desires? Nothing will grow there without careful work…nothing will grow unless the soil is ideal, as Jesus so aptly depicted in His parable of the sower and the seeds.
What is the condition of your heart garden? As spring arrives in your region, use this season as a time to weed out the bad attitudes, prepare the soil foundation, and decide what’s important to cultivate. May your heart garden be fruitful and beautiful this year!
Master Gardener, thank You for giving us the example of the garden of Eden as a beautiful picture of your creative touch. Thank You for giving us the earth and green things to enjoy, both visually and as tasty food. Help us to be fruitful in our own lives as we serve You. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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