“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, March 20, 2010

Because I Was In The Garden... Again...

The weather is amazing today.  I went out to my garden to cut a pale yellow hyacinth to enjoy in my kitchen.  As I was feeling the sunshine and warmth, I noticed the perennials I planted last year.  They are budding and some starting to bloom.  And I was so glad I planted them.  I was so glad I took the time to plant them.  Knowing I might not experience their full beauty last year, but it was an investment.

And I thought about how that related to planting the Word of God in our hearts... and I remembered this post originally aired on May 16, 2009.  And I thought I would share it.... again.

(And since you all are totally enjoying Anthony's photos... I feel the need to let you know that this one was taken by yours truly.)

Start planting, sisters!

"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.

5 comments:

Laura said...

What a beautiful reminder! Your words are so true and go deep into my heart right now. Thank yous!

rooney said...

beautiful post. beautiful pic. once again i'm planning on sharing this with my ladies tomorrow evening during the second session of Living Beyong Yourself. thanks sheri!

vintage girl at heart said...

Very true in so many ways.
Your photo and words are lovely~
Blessings~

Yolanda said...

Love,
Yolanda

Tammy said...

beautiful post and love the pretty blooms. YOu always have a way with words. Blessings my friend