Growing In God’s Garden

It is this time of year that I am really reminder of the wonders of God’s creation!  The trees are budding & beginning to bloom, the daffodils are in bloom, grass & other flowers & plants are starting to poke their tender heads up from their long winter’s nap, and the smell of fresh turned soil is in the air!  Ahhh!  I love spring! And I especially love gardening season!
The growing season serves as a continual reminder to me that I am still growing in God.  He is doing the same thing for me that I am doing for the tender plants in my garden.  He has planted me, and he continuously waters me & feeds me the nutrients that I need to grow healthy & strong.  Sometimes a really bad storm blows through & does some damage, but He carefully & lovingly picks me up & helps me to stand again, pushing the soil up around my roots & patting it back into place so that I can regain the strength that I need to stand tall once more.  Occasionally, I will put forth a blossom that sometimes it turns into fruit, but sometimes it withers & dies, but He continues to nurture me & encourage me to continue to grow strong in Him & try again.  Always picking me back up when I’m too weak to stand on my own. 
I have come to realize lately that I am at a place in my spiritual life where I have reached a plateau of sorts.  I haven’t done a lot of growing lately, but I can still feel His hands tending the soil around me, trying to pull the weeds from around me that have entangled their roots with my own, so He cannot freely yank them away without causing pain.  But He is allowing me to coax my roots into letting go so that He may make my path clear once more.   Sometimes He does have to go ahead and pull those weeds even with knowing the pain that it will cause, but He knows that, through that pain, I will grow bigger and stronger in Him. 
Romans 12:1 says, “I urge you to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God; this is your spiritual worship.”
When we (I) resist what we (I) know is not pleasing to God, we (I) cannot grow spiritually. When we (I) decide to give our lives (my life) up to Him, we are (I am) free to worship & grow in Him.  He wants ALL of us (me) not just the part that we are (I am) willing to give up.  It’s hard to give up everything, but when we (I) do… wow at the growth spurt that follows! 
Sometimes, I think we needed to be reminded of what God wants from us because we tend to grow complacent in our lives and forget what a wonderful feeling it is to be on the mountain top with Him.   Thank God for his unending love and amazing grace!  When was the last time that you were on the mountain top with God? What fruit have you bore for Him? 

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