The Untended Garden
The Lord uses gardening and lawn care often in teaching me or just simply relating kingdom principles to me. Several months ago I was given Jeremiah 1:10 and reminded as an intercessor/watchman I need to be ‘pulling up or rooting up” as God told Jeremiah to do. This is accomplished in various ways in prayer and prophetic decrees, as well as writing and other things. I’ve been trying to be diligent in rooting up, tearing down, etc. as directed by the Holy Spirit.
I’ve also been busy working in various gardens at my home and for other people as the need arises. Back in May I pulled all of the ‘weeds’ at one particular home and was given the task of planting various plants, including shrubs, trees, and flowers. As time went by all of the planting has been completed, but yesterday I had the unpleasant task of pulling a bunch of weeds that just seemed to pop up overnight. Where did they come from so suddenly? In fact, I had sprayed some with weed killer not too long ago, but some new weeds took their place, and it was 3 times worse than before.
As disciples of Christ we must always be on guard to keep our hearts pure before God and our fellow man. While we go about building and planting, sowing and reaping in our daily lives let us be diligent to not let weeds take root. Some of these were not weeds but grasses that didn’t belong where they erupted. The story there is even though it looks good in our spiritual garden it may not belong there or God didn’t put it there.
As always, God doesn’t just come pulling weeds out of our hearts that just suddenly popped up. But, through the Holy Spirit He says hey, you let that in or this doesn’t belong. Then He helps us pull those weeds up, one by one. Sometimes, like with me yesterday, it’s hard, and it seems like it’s never going to end. Quite often it almost literally takes the life out of us, because we let things go so long, but God always gives the grace if we ask and the strength to walk through those weed pulling times or prunings.
In our busy, hustle and bustle lives it is so easy to get caught up doing ‘life’ and we neglect the garden of our heart. We must take the time to examine our hearts daily. Then weekly and monthly and yearly we need to dig deep and let the Spirit of God show us things we have let in or just simply haven’t dealt with.
It is the Father’s pleasure to see our hearts flourishing with life from the throne, from the river of life. But, we must do our part. Don’t neglect the garden and don’t allow what looks good to grow where it doesn’t belong. Accept those times and seasons of His pruning, and weeding. Jesus is the master gardener, but He relies on our full cooperation. We say yes Lord to your weeding and we will not neglect our hearts.