I love having my garden close to my house. I can take a quick look at it everyday I’m home and see how it is growing. It is amazing how fast the plants have grown and how healthy they look. Planting good seeds into good soil filled with good food and nutrients and giving both plenty of water has made for a beautiful garden.
My garden reminds me, this is the way God would have me to be.
Am I the good soil that willingly receives the seed, the word of God? Do I let that seed penetrate my mind and my heart? Do I read it? Do I think of it continually? Do I allow it to guide me, teach me, correct me and shape me?
If I am striving to receive the word of God, how deep do I allow it to grow in my heart? Do I just keep it on the surface or do I allow it to go deep into my soul and control my being? Do I struggle to find and dig out the deeper meanings of the word and seek to find all of its treasures? Do I search it to find the heart and mind of God?
Am I the good soil that maintains focus on the word and will of God? Or, do I have so many other duties and desires that I find myself being pulled away from the things of God and having less and less time to be involved in them?
I anxiously wait the fruit of my garden. The blooms and tiny immature fruit are already visible. My Lord looks at me in the same way. Is he finding the fruit He longs for? Is He seeing the image and likeness of Himself? Is He seeing the life devoted to Him? Is He seeing one who has been with Jesus and strives to abide in Him?