I do some of my best thinking and praying while gardening. (I really need to take some pictures of my garden instead of just macro shots of the flowers so you can see where most of my photos come from.) I find so much peace and fulfillment when I have my hands in the dirt or am cleaning out weeds to make it a prettier place. Ed is very gracious and lets me design and dig to my hearts content.
Earlier this week, I “wrote” an entire post about beauty and art in my head while I was working in the garden. I think it might have been one of my best posts yet! It had a wonderful closing sentence about God and beauty. And then….I came into the house and got preoccupied with other things. When I sat down later, I forget everything I had “written” while I was in the garden. I’m going to need to start taking paper and pen out there with me. lol I’m hopeful that the post will reappear in my memory and that I can get it down to share here.
Today, while I was out there, I was thinking about other things and I remembered to come in and write them down. Thus, this post.
Today’s task was dead-heading the peonies. (I’m a little behind in the gardening area this year.) You could substitute the word “pruning” for dead-heading. Pruning is used to cut away the dead or dying so that the remaining plant can grow stronger and, sometimes, bare more “fruit.” You can also prune healthy growth in order to accomplish the same things.
My prayer as I was lopping off the old peony blooms was, “Lord, please prune from me all of the unhealthy things in my life. Please cut away the things that keep me from growing spiritually strong and healthy.” I love how the Bible is full of examples from everyday life that we can use for our spiritual lives.
He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful. You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you. Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me.” John 15:2-4
Do you garden? Any lessons you’ve learned from gardening that you’ve applied to the rest of your life? I’d love to hear what they are.
Have a beautiful day!