Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Lessons from the garden: Part 1...

Last week, our MOPS group was able to learn some tips from an experienced gardener. She gave information about locations, timing, fertilizers, and techniques for a successful garden. I have to admit that I know very little about gardening. In fact, I find it a little intimidating. We were encouraged by our speaker to start small to prevent getting overwhelmed! We did get the opportunity to each start a little herb garden during our creative activities time. That's probably as far as I will get this season!!
The rest of the week, however, I kept thinking about gardening in a different sense. I was struck with some of the similarities between growing plants and our spiritual lives. The first thought that came to my heart was the fact that it takes a while for plants to grow. Once a seed is planted in the ground, there is an excitement for the unknown, and an expectation for the fruits of our labor! We wait and stare at the dirt, knowing that something MUST be happening under the ground. We just can't see it yet! We have to give the plant a little time to germinate and grow before seeing any little sprouts above the ground!
This can be paralleled so clearly in our spiritual lives. When we plant something in our lives (perhaps the seeds of trust, love, faith, or forgiveness) we often expect sudden results. We imagine that we will turn into "super-Christians" overnight. Instead, these processes take some time. The seeds have to take root in the soil of our hearts before growing into a major part of our lives. Growing in Christ requires patience!! If we can rest in His daily grace, we can expect to see amazing things bloom in our lives!

2 Peter 3:18a, "But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ..."

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Kat said...

I have to say, I really enjoy your posts. They are always insightful, but never pretentious. To expand on the garden theme- a problem I seem to deal with is that once I get past the "waiting for the seed to do its thing phase" is what to do with the plant?! How do I keep it under control, and more importantly- alive? It can be overwhelming. I see this in both my personal & professional life. Maybe something to address in the future?

Stacey said...

And that steady rain helps it to grow too...


LuvtheWord said...

I love, love, love to work in my garden just for this reason ... I learn so much about spiritual truths when I'm there. This is a great application!
~ Julie@Comehaveapeace

Anonymous said...

WOW and i mean a BIG WOW...this is such an awesome post.

"When we plant something in our lives (perhaps the seeds of trust, love, faith, or forgiveness) we often expect sudden results." - this is SO true.

Funny because planting a garden is on my bucket list. I'd LOVE to grow all my veggies and some fruits, but I know that goal is a bit too high for me. See, I have a black thumb. I can't even keep a simple house plant alive. The herb garden sounds like a wonderful first step....and I know in my spiritual life I want to go big all the time, but the Lord just reaches down to me and says, "one little step at a time, child."

Thanks for stopping by and thanks for the encouraging words on my blog as well as the amazingly encouraging ones here on yours!

Following you now. :)


Anonymous said...

Isn't that the truth? We are all about instant gratification, aren't we?!!!

Real Life Sarah said...

Oh, this is so timely for me! I've been thinking about this lately, too! The other day, my 4yo planted a seed, then two minutes later, she went to see if it was growing.