Thursday, April 17, 2008

Object Lesson

I was sitting out front playing with the kids the other day and God brought this lesson to mind. My garden has always brought me happiness and has been a source of growth but somehow it has never been exactly how I want it to look. I WANT loads and loads of color and blooms. Since we have moved in I have made minor changes and added plants here and there - but have never really done anything drastic.

The above picture is what Brent and I did to the garden this time last year. We stripped it bear (except for the bushes). We dug up all the bulbs and plants and I rearranged and replanted the plants where I wanted them. We also bought some new periennals and added them to the garden. The picture below is what the garden looks like this year - a mere one year later.

My point here is that God can and often does take drastic measures with us so that our true colors will SHINE forth. The process can often be painful - but painful doesn't mean worthless. We all but destroyed the garden to get it to be a masterpiece - and next year it will be even prettie. God wants us to be the people He wants us to be - He is continually shaping and molding us (sanctification). I am not there, yet - but am striving and looking forward to the beauty that comes from drastic measures.


Mrs. J said...

I totally noticed how gorgeous your flowers were looking yesterday--and then came home and read your post! Gardening is so profound and so visible!

tsyr mu (a loving mother) said...

I just have to say that you have always commented on your flowers and I love that you are singing their glory on your blog. It is amazing how even nature cries out its worship of Him. He is in evrything, isn't He. I also want to thank you for encouraging me to plant flowers so that I can remember Him as they bloom. I chose Daisies becuase I wanted to remember you when I looked at them as well. It has been a pleasure to see the, like Christ, turn things from black and white, to vibrant. Thank you friend!