Wednesday 13th April 2011

by Brittany

“Gardening takes patience.”

Such was my thought, a couple weeks ago, when I set out to water and weed. Ever year I seem to forget how long it takes for the little seedlings to sprout, and then grow bigger and mature—especially very early in the season before it’s quite warm.

At first, gardening is very exciting. There is great anticipation of all the potential life that will soon burst forth from the numerous seeds being carefully tucked into the earth. When the first green sprigs appear, there is further motivation to continue to be faithful. As time goes on, and the weather grows warmer, or the seedlings slow down in their growth, it takes a little more dedication to get out there on a daily basis to keep an eye on the plants, and keep ahead of the weeds.

As I was in the garden, soaking up the warm sunshine, plucking weeds, and watering the seeds, and seedlings, the Lord brought to my mind the patience with which He cares for us while we are growing and maturing in him. Just as a seed takes time to sprout, grow, and then bear fruit, so spiritual growth takes time, watering (with the water of the Word), and sunshine. (One man sows, another waters, but GOD provides the growth.) God calls us to a very high standard (Christ-likeness, to be holy as He is holy, absolute purity), but also gives us His grace (empowerment by His Spirit to live according to His standards). There are so many scriptures that remind us of “our” role in the working out of our salvation (work out your own salvation daily with fear and trembling), but most of the time, the second half of the verse, or the next verse, tells of God’s role in the working out of our salvation (for it is God who worketh in you, both to will, and to do His good pleasure).

It is impossible for us to live in holiness without His strength (this we all know very well!), but at the same time, we do have to make the decision to choose the way of escape He holds out to us (no temptation has overtaken you but such as is common to man, and God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but will with the temptation provide a way of escape, so that you may be able to bear it). It is a fascinating combination of His work in and through us, and our deciding and willing to do His will.


On a similar, but slightly different note, I found the following quote the other day…

“The physical presence of other Christians is a source of incomparable joy and strength to the believer.” – Dietrich Bonhoeffer

When I am around other believers whose flame is burning brightly, especially when mine is dimming, it re-kindles it anew. Praise the Lord for the sharpening, and strengthening effect of brothers and sisters in Christ!

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One Response to “Garden musings…and a quote”

  1. Brooke says:

    Beautiful post, Brittany! I also love your tag title “and I quote”

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