Did you know that a garden is full of wisdom? Yes, it is! In fact, gardens overflow with wisdom only they can give, and that you have to be willing to receive. Okay, okay. Maybe I’m being a little dramatic. Now that my drama moment is over, allow me to share the wisdom I have received from our garden!
While I was weeding our garden Sunday evening, I thought about how weeding a garden is a lot like what the Heavenly Father does in our hearts.
Clear your mind of every thought and picture this with me: You are standing in front of a beautiful and massive vegetable garden, and in it grow healthy tomato plants, cucumbers, zucchini, butternut squash, and various other vegetables. You are so proud of your garden, and you are very excited because within the next week, you will be able to go out and pick fresh, organic, non-GMO veggies—yum! For the rest of the week it rains continuously! At the end of the week you go out and immediately your eyes are drawn to the garden; not to its beauty, but to the weeds that are contaminating it. Being the worried gardener that you are, you get on your hands and knees and start pulling out each individual weed, one-by-one. After a couple days of continuous weed-pulling, you finally have your garden free of weeds, and are able to focus on harvesting your vegetables!
Okay – so what am I trying to get at with this?
Let me tell you what each aspect of our imaginary garden represents in your spiritual life.
The garden – this, my dear friend, is your heart.
The vegetable plants – these represent your personality, faith, all your quirks, passions, and characteristics.
The rain – this is the world, and it is continuously attempting to contaminate your faith and provide the nutrition to the lusts of your flesh.
The weeds – these are the sins that we may allow into our life if they aren’t properly maintained.
The gardener – this, my friend, is your Creator, the Lord God Almighty
As the “garden”, our outward appearance can and may seem absolutely beautiful! People can tell we have a faith in Christ, and our personality is absolutely wonderful (that of a garden – the appearance is appealing to the eyes). Suddenly, we allow the world to contaminate a portion of our lives (whether it be through music, books, TV, friends, etc.), and then all of a sudden “weeds” start growing and growing and growing. Now, what once seemed beautiful and pleasant to look at, is now unpleasant to the eyes, and no longer enjoyable to be around. Thankfully the Gardener (God) loves us enough to, if we humble our hearts, take care of each and individual sin (weed) until our garden (heart) is once again free from every sin.
See, I told you that gardens are full of wisdom! I pray that you all have a great day!
Oh, by the way, it is true that I enjoy gardening, but only if want to. If I’m asked to weed and care for our garden, I will begrudgingly do it, but I wont necessarily enjoy the work.