April showers bring May flowers! I don’t know about you but I am itching to get into my garden. The spring flower catalogues are arriving daily and Gertens, Lilydale and Highland Garden centers are calling my name. I can hardly wait to get my hands in the dirt and let Gods creation do its work.
One of the reasons I love gardening is I have always had fun playing in the dirt but the real reason is I love the cooperation between me and Gods creation. God set everything in motion and then gives us the opportunity to create things together. Every year I am amazed and surprised at how beautiful my garden turns out. Think about it; a gardener digs a hole, puts in some seeds that look dead, covers the seeds with soil, waters and then mostly waits to see what will happen. Certainly there is a little more to it than that but not much. You can bet that a beautiful garden has a patient gardener who is ok with mystery.
Even when seeds germinate and pop through the soil there is no guarantee that they will thrive and abundantly produce. There is always mystery involved. This is also true with our faith growth. We can plant; read our bible, pray, do daily devotions, worship and have faith discussions with others but there are no guarantees that those acts will make us feel closer to God. A relationship with a transcendent God will always be somewhat mysterious for God is mystery as well known. So are you alright with that notion or does that make you just a tad bit uncomfortable? The truth is God in all of God’s mystery holds on tight to us no matter what we are feeling. God’s love for us is as solid the ground beneath our feet.
What you will need: package of sunflower seeds, dirt, flower pot or plastic cup with drain holes. ( The dollar store as all you need) Ask God to be present and help you to focus on what God has to say to you. Take out one of the seeds and hold it in your hand. How does this seed remind you of what you are going through at this time of your life? What do you want God to germinate in you? What do you need to help you grow into what you and God desire for your life at this time? Plant the seed, water and thank God for the growth that will be unseen and seen in your life. Watch for the seed to sprout and grow and thank God for God’s mysterious working in your life.