This past week I had not taken the time to spend enjoying my garden. Between the weather and a more than busy schedule, I didn’t stop long enough to tend to my garden.
Monday, being my day off, I did the routine of cleaning, laundry, cutting the grass, and finally at the end of the day I took time for my garden. Much to my chagrin the garden was filled with weeds and clover all over. It looked very unkempt and just a mess. So, as tired as I was, I started weeding it right after dinner…and as I pulled each weed I found myself full of regret and saying to myself, if I had only stopped each day and take care of the one or two this wouldn’t have happened.
I then remembered the Lord’s Prayer:
9 “Pray, then, in this way:
‘Our Father who is in heaven,
Hallowed be Your name.
10 ‘Your kingdom come.
Your will be done,
On earth as it is in heaven.
11 ‘Give us this day our daily bread.
12 ‘And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.
13 ‘And do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from evil. [For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.’]
14 “For if you forgive others for their transgressions, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. 15 “But if you do not forgive others, then your Father will not forgive your transgressions. (NASU)
Each day, it is important to tend to our garden. You see what I learned from the hour I ended up weeding is that one weed fed the other. I would pull up one weed and it ran underground to its twin and then it ran to another and before I knew it baby weeds were growing up everywhere.
Keeping our accounts with others daily, reflecting on our day and how we gave into temptation, or how we have judged or held onto unforgiveness even for a day, will cause the erosion of our faith, and most importantly our love. Every little weed in our lives will have runners that join to others and before you know it they can spread to others by the words we use or the lack of love we carry.
I encourage you all to tend to your fleshly garden today and allow Holy Spirit to weed out what is needed…
Have a great week Ladies!