Living Above-Away, but I was reading Charles Spurgeon last night and he says in one of his Farm Sermons that we should go out into nature more often because that's where God put the first man and that being so He will connect with us there in so many different ways. And also after reading "Lessons from Gumbo" also from Living Above (Can you tell that I like Living Above)?? I decided to mow my yard this morning. I had used the weed eater but missed a tall blade of grass at the edge of the drive-way. So I just bent down to pull it up the old fashioned way; you know hands & knees.
And then came the lesson.
It takes very little dirt for a weed to grow & flourish. Do you know that blade of grass that was causing such an unsightly view of my otherwise perfectly mown yard was in hardly no soil, just a little dirt and lodged between 2 rocks..Unbelievable!! However, if you want a plant to grow, especially one that will give you food, it takes good soil, fertilizer, water and lots of tending. So if you only want weeds in your spiritual life it doesn't take much. Any old dirt or rock will do, no special food, and no tending. Just do nothing and there you will have the best crop of weeds Satan can give you. BUT if you want a flourishing crop of spiritual food you must first Know the Gardner and then sow your seed in His Word and just watch a crop of bountiful things grow, but not without tending everyday.
Jesus has an excellent parable about this in Mark 4:1-9 . I won't go into it, but the words I will share with you from this story are: no depth and withered away. Not words I want to be associated with!!
Remember it only takes a little doing nothing for a weed to flourish. Pull them out everyday .. " All it takes for evil to triumph is for good people to do nothing".. (Jim Elliott--I forget??? ) I know some of you out there will know who that was by..
Share with us: How does your garden grow??
Thursday, September 9, 2010
God's Word is always relevant, but this morning as I ready Proverbs 22:28 which says:
"do not remove the ancient landmark which your fathers have set"
my legacy theme just jumped out at me. When we neglect our extended family ties this is basically what we are doing. For years I have been "away" not estranged, but just unconnected with my 2 brothers and their families; and I only live one hour away from them. But this year has been the year of reconnecting with them and it has been such a blessing.
Blog friends do not remove the ancient landmark which was set by your fathers. No matter what... and I do realize there are a lot of "whats" out there to hinder this, but do all you can as often as you can to keep in touch with those that your fathers & mothers established for you. There is a reason why God set you in that family and it was not just so you would have a sibling when you were young. Our family ties mold us & are a tool for God to use in our lives. Keep the home fires burning.