“Father, make of me a crisis man. Bring those I contact to decision. Let me not be a milepost on a single road;
make me a fork
, that men must turn one way or another on facing Christ in me.” - Jim Elliot

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Because I Was In The Garden

"Consider carefully what you hear,"
he continued.
"
With the measure you use,
it will be measured to you—
and even more.
Whoever has will be given more;
whoever does not have,
even what he has
will be taken from him.
"
Mark 4:24-25 NIV


I've been lingering in my garden lately. The weather has turned to spring... and so it is the time to plant my annuals.

This year I have decided to plant a couple perennials that I am not familiar with, but I look forward to discovering what they look like.. how they blossom... and even what color they are.

I plant a lot of flowers. Because I love a lot of color and blossoms. The more I plant... the more I am able to enjoy.

There were years that I rarely entered my garden. Years before I truly understood how satisfying it could be to watch my garden transform into a sanctuary. I planted nothing... I reaped nothing... and decided to spend very little time there... because it brought me no pleasure.

And there it is... with the measure I used... it was measured back to me. Plant flowers... reap flowers. Don't plant flowers... don't reap flowers.

But the amazing thing was that when I started gardening, I did discover other plants in my backyard... that were trying to grow, but they were hidden by weeds and vines. Specifically, two roses. Hidden... unbeknownst to me. Having survived years of neglect... and admiration. But because I was out there... "measuring"... planting... I received even more.

And so, I have found this to be true in my relationship with the Lord. The more time I spend with Him... in His Word... in prayer... through Bible Studies... sermons... worship... the more I receive in return. Knowledge, wisdom, discernment, peace, joy, contentment...

What is the measure you are using? A pinch? A dash? A teaspoon? Tablespoon? Or how about a cup? Whatever measure you use, it will be measured to you--and even more.

When you come to visit my garden, you will enjoy the beauty of all the glory of the flowers... but I will most certainly draw you to the two roses that were revealed to me because I was in the garden at all.

7 comments:

a portland granny said...

Sheri, this truly spoke to my heart this morning. I just sent you an email before reading this. I am trying to get my 'garden' in order--its taking lots of hard work.

Thanks for this post--as always, right on!

elizabeth embracing life said...

Oh the joys of spring gardening, and pondering the beautiful things that are to come. The unknowns blessings, but knowing the work is still going to produce. Thanks for this lovely blog today.

Ms.Daisy said...

Sheri,
This is so lovingly written I just wanted to keep reading more and more. Thank you for a really good post on sowing flowers and reaping flowers...it is so very true.

Blessings,
Jean

journey of faith said...

I've been enjoying our garden this year after ignoring it for three years or so.... can't imagine what could've taken my time away...two little boys maybe ;) but seriously, that statement falls into your thoughts ... we were busy, but we paid special attention to our garden at the beginning of this last winter and are reaping a beautiful abundance of flowers and color. What a witness to God's word! WOW!

Enjoyed your post!

cammy said...

I spent all day Saturday planting my annuals. Tomorrow I plan to tackle the weeding! Would love to see more of what's blooming in your garden :)

elaine @ peace for the journey said...

You've sown some good seed with this word today; I want to be found in God's garden, weeding...tending...sowing...reaping. He is so faithful to meet me there when I come.

Blessings to you in your week.

peace~elaine

bp said...

"decided to spend very little time there... because it brought me no pleasure" This particular line spoke to me and I think of how many different areas this applies to my life and how the opposite is true as well.