Searching my garden
Can you see it? It's that tiny little green thing hanging from my pepper plant. I am so excited because it is my very first pepper in the garden for this year!
Here's another picture from the garden.
Can you see this locust on my zucchini shedding its skin?
I share my pictures from today's ramble through my gardens because God speaks through His creation. He was, after all, the Creator of the very first garden.
So for me, I usually begin my morning by a trek to my gardens. I'm on the look out for new fruit, blossoms, invading bugs, vegetables that need harvesting, plants that become unsecured from their post and just because I enjoy the dewy raindrops still hanging on for the last possible moment before they plunge to earth.
Today as I searched high and low for the good and the ugly, God reminded me of these verses from Psalm 139: 23, 24,
"Search me, O God, and know my heart!
Try me and know my thoughts!
And see if there be any grievous way in me,
And lead me in the everlasting way."
As He reminded me of this verse, I had to confess that I am guilty of not following through with this prayer of David.
What if I asked God to search my heart as much as I search my garden, for both the good and bad?
What if He tried my thoughts, would I grieve the Holy Spirit or would He find them pleasant?
And what if, just as I continually direct my plants upright and facing the sun, what if I ask Him to direct me anywhere He wants?
Then, what if I diligently prayed this prayer in Matthew 9: 37 & 38, as diligently as I search for fruit to harvest?
"The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore pray earnestly the
Lord of the harvest
to send out laborers into His harvest."
Father God, I confess I spend more time in my gardens then I spend in prayer. I confess I am not as diligent in searching for You as I am in searching my garden. Forgive me Lord. Show me where my heart is good and where it's ugly. Help me to expose both to your Son's light..
And Lord, send out more of Your people to bring in the harvest. Your garden needs harvesting.