God’s glory echoes each morning as the birds sing beautiful songs. I Soak in every living word He breathes in scripture. As I meditate on His words all day, I see Him more clearly as I walk hand in hand with Jesus. Gardening cultivates new habits like getting up earlier in the morning to water the garden. Sometimes we need physical reminders of our need spiritually as we thirst for a glass of water first thing in the morning. Just like it’s so important to water the plants each day. Before you begin your day, it’s so valuable to start praying, listening and reading the Bible. It’s so necessary for your spiritual walk with Jesus! He is our very best friend who will be with you no matter what circumstance you’re in. We have a loving father who we can talk to about everything. Real relationships means sharing from your heart.
As I soak the garden early in the morning, I watch the thirsty plants take in every drop! The hummingbird comes swooping in like little helicopters taking drinks in mid air! Everything comes alive all at once! We need a good soaking from God to handle the heart and pressures of the day. Summer can get scorching hot with a snap of my fingers! Mud will turn to dust in the air before you know it. I love how we can see what God means when you seek Him first and His righteousness, because He has what is best for your life in His plan since the beginning. (Psalm 139) When I pray first before doing something, even through the struggles, things will go into place! It might not be what I expected or in the time frame I had in mind, but it will always work out for my good! It will be for you too. Romans 8:28 (NIV), “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” The struggles may come but peace and joy remain in you while waiting on the Lord. If you don’t start the day with God by praying and reading the Bible, you will feel weary and burdened when hard situations come your way. You will chase your own way leaving God out. You might be quick to be angry instead of quick to listen. James 1:19 (NIV), “My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry,”
When you lean on God, He will support you and lead you down the right path! Psalms 23:3 (KJV) He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.” As I water the garden, It’s evident how all of us need Him. We need to be surrounded by the right support systems in our life! Romans 15:30 (NIV), “I urge you, brothers and sisters, by our Lord Jesus Christ and by the love of the Spirit, to join me in my struggle by praying to God for me.” When we are tender hearted by sitting with someone and listen to their struggles, without judgement or guessing, you are pouring kindness into them! In the garden, I noticed how desperate the peas reached up to grab and to cling onto anything near them after the rain storm. They were desperate for anything that would hold them up. Jesus says my burdens are light and my yoke it easy. Matthew 11:28-30 (NIV), “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” Jesus is tender hearted full of love, compassion and Mercy for everyone. He will bring sisters and brothers in your life to strengthen and support you.
The cares of the world cause people to reach and grab for anything they can for support when hard times come. Just like the little pea plants clinging to a weed, in time of trouble, people can cling to the wrong influences. The peas fell to the ground with the weeds and were trampled in the storm! It’s important where we get our help, because the world’s definition of wisdom is different from Godly wisdom. James 3:17-18 (NIV), “But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere. Peacemakers who sow in peace reap a harvest of righteousness.” When you put your hope and faith in God, you will be filled with joy and peace. You will be carried, held, comforted, supported, and strengthened under God’s mighty right hand. You will be surrounded by sisters and brothers who will encourage and support you along the way. Romans 15:13 (NIV), “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.”
It reminds me of David’s prayer in Psalm 23:4 (KJV), “Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; For You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.” When I was pregnant,I was driving with six of my children on an extremely hot summer day. The only air conditioning we had was rolling down our windows. It would let in enough hot air to fill a hot air balloon that would lift us up into the sky! Our drinking water was hot, so I looked for a way to escape the heat! I went to visit my mother-in-law but found no relief there from the extreme heat! It was over 100 degrees outside that day and hotter in the van. I called my sister to let her know I wasn’t feeling well, and that I was on my way.
However, while I was driving, I started feeling very weird! I know I had been praying the whole time before I found myself parked on the side of the road! I got out to find help, but I fell to the ground! All my kids were in the van, and I couldn’t get up! I refused to pass out! I could see people driving their cars and even riding their bikes right passed me and the kids. Finally, a few people came up to me and asked if I was alright! I said, “No, I’m pregnant and can’t get up.” They called 911! I found out I was in danger and so was my unborn son! My sister ended up picking up my children, and I was taken to the hospital by ambulance. I was extremely dehydrated and my blood pressure was dangerously high! Both of us were ok, because of God’s protection over all of us! I later found out I parked in front of the Union Gospel Mission in Spokane! The people living at the mission took the time to see if I was ok when everyone else drove or rode by! Psalms 94:18-19 (NIV), “When I said, “My foot is slipping,” your unfailing love, Lord, supported me. When anxiety was great within me, your consolation brought me joy.
The overflow of God’s kindness and goodness is how I handle the heat of each day and when life gets hard. He gives us everything we need! 2 Peter 1:3 (NIV), “His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness.” It’s His strength in me that keeps me going knowing that even in the toughest situations, he will rescue me. I will keep living for God and move toward the goal instead of depending on my own strength! As I water my garden early in the morning before the scorching sun reaches its peak of the day, I’m reminded of my desperate need of God’s cool refreshing words to wash over me, as He encourages and supports me during the heat of the day. Matthew 5:6-7 (NIV), “Blessed are who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled. Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy. Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.” I’m thankful for His overflow of love, Mercy and Grace over me and my family! We were not alone that day! My children were covered and safe and both me and my unborn son got the help we needed! I never had the chance to thank the people who came to help us! God knows who they are because he sent them to help!
No matter where you are in life you don’t have to be stuck and you can trust God cares for you more than we can ever know! God wants you to grow in him where you are as he walks with us and even carries us through the storms in life. Jesus is your best friend because he will never leave you or forsake you! God deeply loves you! John 7:38 (NIV) “Whoever believes in me, as Scripture has said, rivers of living water will flow from within them.”