If you love gardening, you might have some starter plants in your house but surely you have been plotting and planning about what you are hoping to see in your flower or vegetable garden this year! I love having a garden but I don’t love working in it. I am a perennial kind of girl – give me something that does its own thing, independent of me, and it has a much better chance of survival! So, if we have a garden, it is my sweet hubby who makes the plan and tends to it.
There are so many different seeds we sow as our life moves
forward. As I think ahead about what kinds of things I want in my life I need
to be planting those seeds that will yield me that “crop” now.
Of course, farmers and gardeners know all about this process
and the importance of each factor, only some are listed here:
Choosing the seed for the desired crop
Quality of the seed
Preparing the soil
Last frost/First frost
Weather –sun, wind, and rain
Hungry critters (large and small)
What kind of things do I want in my life in 3, 6, or 9
months from now?
More money in my bank account?
Precious memories with my family?
A deeper walk with God?
This list can go on but each thing requires a certain amount
of investment of my time. A gardener is very intentional about the seeds they
We should be too!
What are you hoping to grow this year?
11Then God said, “Let the land produce vegetation: seed-bearing plants and trees on the land that bear fruit with seed in it, according to their various kinds.” And it was so. 12 The land produced vegetation: plants bearing seed according to their kinds and trees bearing fruit with seed in it according to their kinds. And God saw that it was good. 13 And there was evening, and there was morning—the third day. [Genesis 1:11-13, NIV]
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. Galatians 5:22-23
It is unfortunate that we use the word love so casually in the English language. In the context of Scripture love takes on a much different intensity. When encountering the inevitable challenges of life, it is only in the strength of the Holy Spirit that we can truly love to the depth and lengths that might be required of us. And when we ponder His love for us we can get a glimpse of the true meaning of love.
A Fruit of the Spirit implies a long standing connection. Before there is any fruit, there must be a root. As you are contemplating the upcoming garden season, let’s let the Holy Spirit awaken us to the seeds, roots, and fruits that will reflect our Heavenly Father.
For this reason I kneel before the Father, from whom his whole familyin heaven and on earth derives its name.I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.
Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen. Ephesians 3:14-21 NIV
Letting His seeds take root so we can share His fruit!
Ever been in a situation where you have been betrayed, abused, violated, deceived, taken advantage of or hung out to dry? Has life thrown you some curves or tossed manure your way? Your response to those situations is incredibly important. If you allow seeds of unforgiveness, bitterness, or anger to germinate and be cultivated, pretty soon you will have quite a harvest of life-killing weeds.
The most inspiring stories you read are the ones of people who have overcome extremely difficult circumstances and gone on to forgive, share, love, sacrifice, etc. I would guess the most incredible stories somehow have God involved as He truly is the only One capable of transforming an ugly situation into something that could be a blessing to others and communicate the freedom that is found with life in Him.
What is it that you want to be growing in your life garden? If you are looking for a harvest of love, joy, or peace you need to be nurturing, watering, feeding and practicing those concepts. This isn’t as easy as it sounds and takes daily effort and weeding. Ask God for His perspective on your circumstances then ask Him to help you see things as He sees them. Allow God to shed His light on your situation.
Jesus replied, “What is impossible with man is possible with God.” Luke 18:27 NIV