Last fall when we moved into our house the flower garden out front looked like an overgrown, half dead, big mess, that hadn’t been touched in quite a while. Since I was busy unpacking and getting settled in I closed my eyes to the overgrown flower bed and successfully ignored it until yesterday. The weather was perfect for puttering around outdoors and since I actually enjoy pulling a few weeds I put on my garden gloves and set to work. After selectively pulling the weeds and grass that had invaded the flowers I added a pretty pink day lily that Aspen had recently picked out at the store.
I stood up, took a few steps back, and envisioned what the newly cleaned up flower bed will look like in just a few short months. I wondered if that is how God feels when He works on pulling the weeds in the garden of our lives? The satisfaction and enjoyment of seeing us become what he envisions us to be…..a beautiful garden, free to grow without being choked by the weeds.
And the trees of the field shall yield their fruit, and the earth shall yield its increase, and they shall be safe in their land, and shall know that I am the LORD, when I have broken the bands of their yoke, and delivered them out of the hand of those who enslaved them. Ezekiel 24:37