How many of you love to garden, especially this time of year? I am from a family of gardeners. My grandmother and my mom added beauty to the world with their many flower beds. In fact, my grandmother’s yard was so beautiful, that people often drove out of their way to admire it. Her love of gardening has been passed down to my siblings and cousins. It seems like everyone in our family looks forward to tending their plants. Well, almost everyone.
I love the appearance of a beautiful garden but often do not take the time needed to help it prosper. Initially, I’m very attentive, spending hours preparing the soil and setting up the watering systems. But as the plants begin to grow, I’m inclined to let nature take its course. I don’t fertilize, deadhead blossoms, or weed, so halfway through the season, my plants look spindly and sad. Creating a beautiful garden needs not only a good beginning, but regular attention, and care, or it will never flourish.
Sometimes I think I fall into the same trap with my spiritual life. At the beginning of the year, I gather a new devotional and journal excited to connect and grow with the Lord. I pray and fast hoping to have the Lord reveal new goals or ways to accomplish other dreams.
I adequately gather all the right materials, just like I prepare and plant my garden in the spring. But as the year continues, my commitment wains, and like the plants, I allow weeds of worry, busyness, and unworthiness, to creep in, stealing my momentum and causing me to wither.
Then Lent comes, and it is a time to recommit to those promises and routines that are necessary for me to thrive. As we remember Christ's sacrifice and prepare to celebrate Easter, I do not want to become complacent again and wither like my summer plants. How about you? What are the practices you might put into place so that you can flourish? Only you can identify what you need to grow and thrive in the Lord.
Do you need to spend time nurturing your relationship with Jesus, fertilize your spirit with God’s word, or weed out the distractions? You are a part of God’s Garden, and your blossoms reflect His glory.
As always, I appreciate your encouragement and seek to serve! Wishing you a flourishing Easter!