This is the view from the back porch, my sacred spot. This is where I feel closest to God and can separate for a few quiet minutes each day. I Hope you have a sacred spot and find your time with God today. Here’s whats on my heart…………
The righteous will flourish like a palm tree, they will grow like a cedar of Lebanon; planted in the house of the Lord, they will flourish in the courts of our God.
Today is a mild and foggy day that brings the hope that the Texas furnace of summer wont last forever after all. Each year I learn something new and this year it is plant propagation. My classroom is an array of pots and benches which hold the survivors of the herbs that I have tended since Easter. I have read books and studied article and videos but today I am thinking of the many gardeners that have encouraged and taught me. This is my partial list. It is a good exercise for us all to make one of our own
Granny Mitchell could “steal” a pinch off of anything, stick it in a chipped coffee cup and make it grow. Homer Johnston, Raymond Daigle, Herb and Mary Beth Stafford and St. Cecil Vincent could grow vegetables on a parking lot while I fought my crop of nutgrass in the richest soil. My thoughts then go to those who could raise people like Jim Turley, Keith Witaker, My Dad and a thousand others… and ultimately to the master Gardener of hearts, Jesus Christ.
I tend to these plants to point me to the tending of disciples, especially myself. How do I help tend God’s garden in such a way that faith is multiplied and roots deepen? How about you? Who is counting on you for tending and who is tending the garden of your heart?
This is not something left to the preacher. You have someone in your life that needs encouragement, correction or education and, like me, you need the same tending. Plants you tend bear fruit for you. You will receive these same spiritual blessings in the same measure when you give them to others in Jesus’ name!
My prayer is that you have a few minutes on your “porch” to recognize those people that need you and ask God to provide someone to be your heart-gardener.
May God’s grace grow lush and healthy around you, with an abundance to sack up and share.