Embracing Grace: How Does Your Garden Grow?

A 365 Day Devotional Journal

Day 18

Scripture:  Jeremiah 4:2-4; Hosea 10:12; 1 Corinthians 15:31-37

Herb Garden. Photo courtesy PDPhoto.org

I shook out each of the different seeds into my palm and examined them closely. How different each one is from the other. Some are smaller than a pin head yet grow into large plants. Others look like large thorns with the tips removed but sprout into delectable vegetables. Still others look like cuboids, or slivers of wood. The list of differences is vast.

Growing a garden is an exercise in faith and patience.

The Bible records that a seed must first fall into the ground and die before it can bring forth life. The process of losing weight involves dying to self every day so that we may gain life in a new, healthier body. Paul stated “I die daily.” I don’t think he was talking about food, but the application is there for the taking.

So, how many times do I have to die? 

Until you’re dead.

Try your hand at growing your favorite herbs. The myriad varieties make the choosing all the more fun: culinary herbs, sachet herbs, medicinal herbs, scented geraniums (not technically herbs fun nonetheless). They smell divine! If you choose to grow culinary herbs, they elevate food to a new dimension in taste. Ever inhale a bunch of fresh basil or a branch of lemon verbena?

The reward that comes from seeing new life spring up from the earth is something you cannot replicate on Twitter or Facebook, or any other handheld or household electronic device.

To hold that small bit of Eden in your hand is healing for the soul, for God created us with the inherent desire to tend life. 

Are you in need of a controlled burn to clear out the weeds and overgrowth from the world’s influences? Is your life fallow? Plow up the fallow ground. God promises to rain His righteousness on the diligent seeker (Hosea 10:12).

How does your garden grow?

Read:  Jeremiah 4:2-4; Hosea 10:12; 1 Corinthians 15:31-37. Journal your private thoughts.

Father God, reveal to me the fallow places that I may break them up. Thank you for the promise from Your Word to rain down righteousness (right living) to me as I diligently seek You. For Jesus’ sake, and the kingdom’s, amen.

Copyright © 2011, Érin Elise

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2 Responses to Embracing Grace: How Does Your Garden Grow?

  1. Carmen Roy says:

    This post really spoke to me. I keep telling my flesh, “die already!”.
    I just laughed when you wrote,

    “So, how many times do I have to die?

    Until you’re dead.”

    Thanks for inspiring me to keep going.