My garden has been in transition. Last year, I moved many plants into our new garden space, hoping that they would thrive. They did not. While they held onto life, they didn’t really have much vigor.
This spring, we began building raised beds. I carefully amended them, hoping for a bountiful harvest. Honestly, I didn’t have much hope for them. But to my delight, my dreary celery, lemon balm, and echinacea have exploded.
They were simply waiting for the correct environment. Then they would thrive.
As a woman, I want to thrive like my plants are. But sometimes it feels like I just can’t. I may be putting too much emphasis on the busy-ness of life instead of focusing on the most important things. Sometimes I might be spending too much time outside of my home. More often than not, I let other people’s choices which I have no control over affect my well being.
I know what I need to thrive. A peaceful home. A walk with the Father. Time in the Word.
But then why do I continue to sabotage my life by removing myself from a correct environment?
I believe that so often we try to do it all and be it all, when we simply can’t. We can’t be true women of God without admitting our brokenness and leaning hard into Him.
The Lord wants us to bloom. But we simply can’t without Him.
Things do not have to be perfect before all can be well with our soul. Sometimes I believe it to be so, but it’s not true. I do not need to have a picture perfect house or family to be at peace with the Father. We can bloom where we are planted if we remember that unlike plants, our spiritual environment is much more important than the physical.
This can be hard, because often we feel like seeing is believing. But trusting in God involves an immense faith that knows He is working behind the scenes and that He cares for us.
He wants to tend to us like we tend to our garden. He is the Peacemaker and Giver of rest.
Now may the Lord of shalom Himself give you shalom at all times and in every way. The Lord be with you all!
2 Thessalonians 3:16 TLV
Sometimes, I grow disillusioned with modern Christianity… actually, it’s more like all of the time. If you are in this place too, it is important to remember that God is bigger than the cultural, feel good constraints the modern church tries to put Him in. He is so much more than that.
While I hardly feel worthy to write these words this morning, they have been impressed on my heart. Let’s chase after God with abandon, and seek Him by staying in His Word. Only then will we truly bloom.