My waking thought on a Monday morning back in September was…
“I would wage that the care and pruning of the tree of life is one of the greatest undertakings.”
It was such a interesting, yet out of the ordinary thought to have as I woke up that day, that I immediately wrote it down in my journal. Since that early Monday morning, I have held this thought close and pondered it many times.
I think right now in this present moment He calls us to be His gardeners – caring for and pruning His tree of life in ourselves and in each other.
This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you.
Isn’t it interesting that when things are going well we can so easily be lulled, like a sleeping baby, into believing that we have strong and great faith, yet in times like this we are most susceptible to the bubble of faith. Our bubble grows fast, it quickly becomes big and is so colorful and beautifully round – it is a delight for both ourselves and others to see. We fill it with air, words, talk and so much more – so it will keep growing, but oh how quickly it pops at the first signs of trial and we are left with what is REAL and TRUE- maybe a seed, but probably something even smaller.
Oh Lord – to have faith the size of a mustard seed! Please give us each a real and true seed of faith and then, my Love, please teach us how to garden. Gardeners know that most tiny seeds must be planted and kept in the dark as they begin to grow. Please protect us, keep us hidden in the dark as our roots of faith begin to grow and let us not boast in anything, but especially not in any faith that might appear on the surface for we know that our true faith lies within our deep roots. We know that the deep roots will not only withstand the storms and trials of life but will become stronger with each storm – reminding us yet again of the Joy of Suffering.
Therefore as you have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him, having been firmly rooted and now being built up in Him and established in your faith, just as you were instructed, and overflowing with gratitude.
Colossians 2: 6-7
We are becoming gardeners! Since moving into a house I have wanted to plant a garden. Unfortunately I am a dreamer with very little follow-up action, but thankfully my husband is the one who gets things done!
This summer he picked a spot in the yard and we started clearing out the ground cover. Within a few weeks we had a nice little spot cleared! I thought we would be ready to plant within the week so the girls and I headed out to buy some seeds, but wait a min my sweet husband is also very detail oriented and meticulous when it comes to projects! We were not yet ready to plant, we had to clear out all of the roots. While clearing the roots we came across some very large and deep cement bases from the old fence. I was willing to work around them, but my love said “No, they must come out.” so we began digging really deep! Four, fifty pound, cement bases later, our little plot had transformed into what looked like a miniature disaster zone with deep holes, dirt piles and lots of roots.
We are now about 2 months into the project. Today I was out there filling in the holes, clearing roots, leveling the earth, and thinking. I was wondering if my soul is being cleared out as I clear out this land? I was thinking about my own roots that run deep, my own cement blocks that weigh me down and keep me from producing any fruit, I was thinking about the over growth within my life that distracts me from our sweet Jesus, and finally I was thinking of my husband and the beautiful life he lives.
Thank You Jesus for blessing me with my sweet and wonderful husband who understands Your ways and practices them. I read Your Book, but he listens to You with his heart and acts on it. He knows the land must be properly prepared in order to be fruitful, he knows that things must be destroyed to be rebuilt and he is patient!
I pray to continue seeing him with Your eyes of love so that I can continue to learn from his wonderful example!