Our Lives, God’s Garden

Happy first day of spring!

Have you ever had one of those winters that you thought would last forever?

Then one day you wake up to flowers blooming, birds singing,  the shining sun, and rejoice!

That’s how it has been for us.

But gratefully, spring has indeed arrived.

A New Chapter in Our Lives

If you read my recent post about the new chapter in our lives, you know that we are in the midst of yet another move.

Because of packing and moving, my writing time is limited.

Rather than take several hours to write this week’s post, I’m opting to share a snippet from my devotional book, Life Lessons From My Garden. Just in time for spring! 🙂

Hope you find this look at how God gardens our souls and lives helpful!

John 15.1 LLFMG

Our Lives, God’s Garden

“I am the true vine, and My Father is the gardener.”  -John 15:1

The Gardener wanders through the garden, His eyes taking in all the work to be done.

Everywhere He looks, there are areas which need His attention.

Weeds exist side-by-side with healthy plants, threatening to take up all the water and nourishment from the soil.

He stoops to look more closely at the dirt. Hard-packed, dry, and stony. More work.

The Gardener stands once more, yet this time His eyes don’t register the work which must be done. Instead He sees what can be.

That sunny spot would be perfect for a flowering vine. And with a little soil improvement most of the area was more-than-capable of producing an abundant harvest of fruit and beauty.

Yes, this garden would take years of effort and work, but in the end, the results would be well-worth any expense of time and effort.

God is truly the Gardener of our souls and lives. Sometimes when we look in the mirror and see ourselves as we are, it’s enough to make our shoulders sag in defeat. How can we ever reach that place of getting past our human frailties–indeed our human sin–to be the productive people God desires?

That’s the good news in this story. In His story.

Because of Jesus, who is the Vine, God is able to take a life humbly submitted to His care and tending to produce in us far more than we could ever hope for or imagine.

Yes, it will take work. And sometimes that digging and probing and pruning and de-weeding can be painful. But if we’re willing to allow the Gardener to do His work in us–even though it will take a human lifetime–we will look back in gratitude for what He does in us and through us.

Thank you for joining me on this journey into the life lessons we can learn concerning our very lives, our gardens.

Heavenly Father, we are so blessed to have You as the Gardener of our souls and lives. As we make this journey together, we pray You will make us acutely aware of the work You are doing in each of us. We also pray that we will humbly lay our lives before You, allowing You to do Your work so we might produce abundant fruit for You and Your Kingdom. Lord, no matter how long, how difficult, and even how painful, we thank You in advance for the great privilege of being used by You. Thank You for doing in us and through us a work that is beyond our human comprehension. In the name of Your Son Jesus we pray. Amen. 

Food For Thought: Take a close look at the garden of your life. What work do you see which needs to be done to tend that garden? What steps will you take to yield yourself to the work of the Gardener’s hands?