What a glorious season where all the naked, dead, and withered foliage turns green and thickens. I learned early on I am not a cold weather winter kind of sista. There is a reason I live in the south!
When the weather turns warmer, my husband takes down the makeshift greenhouse he has built around the gazebo. We admire what has been growing for the past few months in the shielded warmth of the cozy abode. This year we had some peppers, oregano, rosemary, chives, and our citrus trees already had flowers!
Then we start pruning, cleaning out, re-potting, and fertilizing all of our plants. We also plant new seeds to grow starters for planting later. We have worked so hard on our backyard this last month and WOW, it has paid off!
I have such affection for my roses. I spend an abundant amount of time ensuring they are nourished, trimmed, trained, and loved. Here, you judge……
I believe God feels the same way about us. We live in this beautiful world He created and He provides similar opportunities for us.
Nourishment– God has provided a bounty for me to enrich my body and my soul. He has afforded me the ability to shop for or grow my food, and the intellectual capacity to read the bible and feed my spiritual appetite. “For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” Ephesians 2:10
Trim/Train-For me, this is called discipline. God uses my circumstances for teachable lessons which in turn will help me grow. As I grow in His discipline, I will develop self-restraint and turn away from sinful actions. For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline.” 2 Timothy 1:7
Love-When I feel loved by God and others, my heart is full and I want to pay it forward. I know my roses don’t feel my love literally, but because I care for them, in return, they bloom beautifully and we reap the benefits! “He answered: Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind, and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself’. “ Luke 10:27
Because of our persistent time, attention, and love for the roses and garden, we are rewarded with such beauty and tasty fruits and veggies! I choose for God to be my gardener and prepare me for a magnificent spot in His garden where I can bloom forever. Blessings!