I have a friend, who will go nameless, lest I embarrass her by pointing out her diligent and consistent hard work in the handling of her lawn.
My friend spends at least thirty minutes in her yard every day. It doesn’t matter that we live in a hot and humid climate most of the year. Rain or shine, she is outside pulling weeds, fertilizing, planting, and other such tasks I don’t even know the name for.
You see, I am the complete opposite of my dear friend. Not only do I NOT pull weeds and fertilize, I don’t even notice that it needs to be done. Of course, that is until my husband suggests I might want to grab some garden gloves and head out to pull weeds while he cuts the lawn?
My response? No thank you. I’ll stay in here with the air conditioning and sweet tea. Isn’t that a perfect job for our teenage son, I suggest?
As I started to make a more deliberate effort to care for our Florida lawn, I began to realize the time, money and sheer effort my neighbors put forth was downright impressive.
As I surveyed my moderately embarrassment of a lawn, I began to picture my relationship with the Lord. I began to realize how, if left neglected, my relationship with the Lord suffers as well. Just as our lawn needs watering, so does our soul. And there is but One who can water our soul to the core….that being Jesus Christ.
So, I water daily….spending time with the Lord in prayer and reading the Word.
And I pull weeds, confessing my offenses before the Lord, lest they continue to take root, grow and overtake the healthy bits.
And I fertilize, surrounding myself with healthy, Christian mentors who lead me back to Him.
Just as our effort yield results in our lawn, so our time and effort yield results in our spiritual lives. Make time with the Lord a priority. Your effort will not go unnoticed!
“As the rain and the snow come down from heaven,
and do not return to it without watering the earth
and making it bud and flourish,
so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater,
so is my word that goes out from my mouth, it will not return to me
empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.” Isaiah 55: 10-11