God has used my garden to teach me some important lessons this year. For some reason one side of my garden is beautiful and growing strong, while the other side is completely barren. It makes me think of the Parable of the Sower.
The ground is soft, the seeds find a healthy place, and roots form so that they can blossom and grow into the beautiful flower it is designed to be.
The ground is hard, the seeds are planted but cannot take root and create a solid foundation where maximum growth can occur. The growth is stopped by outside forces against the plant.
Which one does your heart mirror?
Are you planted in the word where God’s truth rains down on you to help you grow and blossom; or are you struggling to take root as the world dumps more on you?
Have you lost that spark that you once had? Has life been hard and you accidentally let bitterness, jealousy, anger, or frustration take root in your heart? It can start as just a small thought, but if you are not careful it turns into a weed that chokes the beauty out of your life.
It is so important to remember Paul’s teaching of taking control of our thoughts. We are to take every thought captive (2 Corinthians 10:5) and let God’s word renew our minds, (Romans 12:2)
Friend, I understand completely, it is hard at times. I have been there. Here is the good news. God’s love is unconditional. He is a loving Father who will tend to your heart and come along beside you to help you grow in your relationship with Him. Seek Him with all of your heart, accept Him as your personal Savior, or if you have walked away turn back to Him, and trust His path for your life. He is waiting with open arms.
I have to be honest, life will still have plenty of storms. However, with Jesus by your side you will find refuge and shelter. He will protect you from harm and help that rain be productive in growing your faith instead of tearing apart your foundation.