I love to see the beauty of gardens in the spring. Every color, shape, and size reveals the glory and majesty of our Creator. The idea that the beauty of a rose can reveal the nature of God will never cease to amaze me. Psalms 19:1 says:

“The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament shows His handiwork.”

     To a gardener, a garden is a manifestation of the hard work that was put into the beauty that we all behold. Before there are petals, there are stems. Before there are stems, there are roots. Before there are roots, there are seeds. Each and every part is vital to grow a luscious and long standing garden.

     I would love to have a garden of my own, but I know for sure that I do not have the time or dedication it takes to maintain such a precious environment. Gardens require many things. They require water and the right sunlight to continue their growth. They require certain depths of soil and the right seed in order to yield the desired harvest. And the most important part I believe is, they need pruning to remove the things that hinder their growth.

     When I compare a garden in nature to the gardens of our hearts, the same is necessary. When I think of the season I am currently in, it feels like there has been much pruning lately. As the dead petals and broken stems have been removed from the garden of my heart, I have been willing. It is the digging up of the roots that have grown the wrong way. The ones that have threatened to strangle the good roots that hurt. Romans 12:2 says:

“And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.”

     Being transformed does not always feel good. It will require you to let go of those things that are not suitable for the garden of your heart. Recently, God has been revealing what some of those choking roots have been in my heart. Yesterday, God revealed that there was one root in particular that had to go, self-reliance. Yikes! How many of us actually want to let go of relying on ourselves? As much as I would like to not admit it, I did not want to let go!!! But to be in relationship with Christ means to lay down those things that hinder Him from moving freely in our lives. If I continue to rely on myself, I keep Jesus at arm’s length until my reliance on myself is no longer possible. That, is not a relationship with Christ!

     My current season is filled with things I would like God to take from me. Healing I would like Him to give. Although it is completed in Christ, the healing has not manifested in my body. The garden of my heart feels like there is limited sunshine. It has felt like winter. Like death. But one thing I know for sure, winter may bring death, but spring brings life. When will my spring come? I am not sure. Will my healing manifest in the morning? I don’t know. But even when what I desire has not come. Even when my winter season of death remains, I will still trust Him.

      Jesus never promised that we would be without hard times. Rather He said,

“These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.”-John 16:33

     We can hold tight to the promises of God. We may not see the winter change to spring overnight, but we can rest assure that Jesus has already overcome all that we are facing. Keep your eyes focused on Him…