For those of you who know me, know that gardening is not my thing. I LOVE the IDEA of a beautiful garden, but to get my hands dirty and work on one? Ummmm, that would be a nah.
A few days ago, when my sis dropped me off at home, we took a walk around my yard. I showed her my very poor, abandoned, struggling garden. She assured me that there was still hope as she explained all the different things we can do on a low budget to help bring this baby back to life. She was so encouraging in trying to get me to see what she could see, even promising to come help me in the process. Although I just couldn’t see what she saw, I took her word for it because she has a BEAUTIFUL garden.
This morning, as I was waiting for my ride to arrive, I looked over to my struggling garden. I noticed that the one tree, that was left, sprout some beautiful pink flowers. You could just imagine my excitement! I really thought; yup, this is the year, that tree is dead. I went over to the flower tree and began to talk to it, telling it how very proud of it I was. Who would’ve guessed it! Me. Sharon. Talking to a plant/tree.
What I had disregarded as something that could never have hope, proved me wrong.
In that very moment, as I walked away to go back into the house, I heard that still small voice tugging at my heart.
Sharon, you are that tree amongst that struggling garden. You see what’s before you, but I see what can be. Everything around you will tell you otherwise, even convincing you that there is no hope. When it seems like all is lost, just like that flower, I will cause life to sprout from within you! With me HOPE is NEVER lost.
Today, I encourage you just as Abba/Father has encouraged me. You might feel like my struggling garden, but the gardener is not finished with you just yet. Keep on striving, keep on enduring. He always has the final say!
6 And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ. Philippians 1:6 English Standard Version (ESV)