Lost in the Garden
Why is it the weeds always grow better than the vegetables or the flowers? I find myself in my small vegetable garden these days, searching for the tomato and pepper plants which are lost among the weeds. After digging around for what seems like days, I am finally able to identify the good from the bad. Of course, I manage to uproot a healthy tomato plant in the process. I am in hopes that my replanting efforts are fruitful, so to speak.
My life feels the same way. Lost in the duties of each day is my calling, my purpose for existence. The BIG picture reason for why I am still here. Every once in awhile, I think I have it all figured out and realize God has a different idea. So what do I do? Wait. Work the tasks at hand each day to see where it all leads, trust, pray. And wait. I believe I have plenty of patience at this point in my life and do not need any more lessons in that department. Still, I wait.
Do any of us ever figure it out, really? As my son would say, that is a rhetorical question. And no, I don’t think we ever do. It just feels good to ask. So, since it is the growing season here in Indiana, my garden grows. My weeds grow faster. Since God implemented the growth of the plants and has that all together, I guess I can rest in the fact that He will grow me at the proper rate as well. My job is to accept that fact peacefully, and …wait.
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11 NIV