Oh, What a Beautiful Garden
by Barbara Thompson Young
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Each spring, I enjoy digging in soil, planting flowers, and getting close to nature in my backyard flower garden. This year, with my husband retired, I finally have a helper! It feels good to know I have his presence and his help.
I remember a certain spring, several years ago, when the thought of working alone in the flower beds overwhelmed me, so it was not until early July, that year, when I woke up one morning with a desire to get with it. I would transform my garden in one day.
To my dismay, I discovered my little March weeds had grown into July monsters. No problem! Never a coward, I tackled those fearless invaders with the same gusto of ‘Little David‘, when he got rid of that nasty old Philistine, Goliath. Yep! I was out to conquer all, leaving no survivors behind.
But it didn’t take long to realize it would take a miracle to transform my backyard garden in one day.
It seemed I had a case of weed infestation, and I was getting nowhere, fast. When I grew tired of working in one area, I went to another. The sun was a scorcher, and my back was killing me, so I decided to take a break.
While sipping pink lemonade in the shade, I got my second wind as I closed my eyes and began to visualize the end result. Oh, yes, my backyard garden was going to be beautiful! I glanced at my watch and saw that time was not standing still, and neither could I!
I reached to pull more weeds, and just like that, a tall one poked me in the eye. “Ouch! That hurt!” I was ready to chuck it all, when an idea popped into my mind. “I bet these weeds and grasses will come out much easier, if I hose them down with water, and soak them real good to loosen the soil. Then I can get these invaders at their roots!"
I was amazed at how much easier they were to remove, once I applied water to them and allowed them to soak awhile. I didn’t know if I had time or energy to do the entire garden in just one day, but I was going to give it my best shot.
And that’s when I heard it...the gentle voice of the Holy Spirit, as he spoke to my heart and called me by name.
“Barbara, what you are doing here in your garden is what you do in your spiritual life. There are weeds in your heart, and in the beginning, they are tiny. I show them to you, but you don’t want to face them, so you ignore them, not realizing they are growing from tiny heart issues to great big monsters. When you choose to ignore them, not only do they continue to grow, they multiply, and their root-systems become imbedded in your heart.
When you try to remove them yourself, you break off the top half of the weeds of unforgiveness, bitterness, and pride, to name a few, and leave their root systems still intact within your heart. On a future day when you least expect it, they re-appear.
If you will apply the water of my word to your heart, daily, and not just a sprinkle, mind you, but a good soaking, those creepy carnal weeds can’t thrive because the soil of you heart will be softened by my word, and they can be removed where it counts...at their roots.
He continued, as He pointed out, “ You’re trying to make your flower garden weed-free, in one day, and that’s an impossibility. After all, those weeds didn’t grow strong and tall in one day. If you will apply water to your flower garden and your heart, both will thank you.”
You may have guessed that I did not work a miracle in my backyard, that day; but I’m here to tell you that a miracle was worked in me.
Do you have over-grown weeds? Like me, perhaps you’re doing it the hard way. Why not give your ‘garden’ a good soaking, first? And while you’re at it, don’t forget the power of process.
It never hurts to have a good, strong helper come along beside you, too!
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Thank you so much for sharing this. It is so true and very readable.You have a real gift of writing.
This is a great story and I love the illustration...Isn't it so sweet the ways God can teach a teachable heart? Thanks for all of your encouragement.
Barbara, this is excellent! Being an impetuous sort, I also want to create a beautiful 'garden' in one day and your message has given me knew eyes to understand the need and value of 'constant soaking' - of God's Word! One of my weeds, is 'impatience' so I will seek to water that one first! God bless you and may He keep inspiring you to share His Word and His lessons with all who will hear! Peggy
Oooooops, may I edit my response? I didn't mean to put a comma after 'weeds' and I meant NEW not KNEW! :)See, I didn't spend enough time 'soaking my words'! Love, Peggy
YES Lord remove the weeds and all in us. This was wonderful....nice to find you here. Yes you may share those words and give the credit to the Lord for they were His words .... God bless
You have spoken from a heart thats free. One cannot speak of healing unless one is healed. Stay free sister! I loved the way that you tackled this subject. Not many like to be told the truth even when God himself whispers it. Thanks for sharing and I do know what you mean about the helping hand. Its so much better when you have a helping hand from someone who has the same mindset - who understands. Janice
Barbara what a great article! God has been dealing with me about sowing and reaping. We must be very careful what we sow in our hearts because a harvest will come. What we sow will determine whether it is a good or bad harvest. We must be careful not to allow others to sow bad seeds into our hearts as well. Thanks so much for sharing this and for you kind comments on my poem. God bless you and keep writing for His glory.
If you will apply the water of my word to your heart, daily, and not just a sprinkle, mind you, but a good soaking, those creepy carnal weeds can’t thrive because the soil of you heart will be softened by my word, and they can be removed where it counts...at their roots. Amen my sister , amen. Thanks for the blessing of this edifying devotional . Julie