When I quietly watch my garden, my eyes are opened to so much movement.
Butterflies and moths visit the flowers, stopping only a few seconds before moving on for more nourishment. Bees of all shapes and sizes buzz over my herbs and mint patch. Hummingbirds sip from their favorite tube-shaped flowers, zipping in and out in their furious pursuit.
Upon close inspection in the vegetable garden, I notice insidious movement. Hornworms munch silently, devouring my tomato plants. Cabbage moths inch along, leaving thousands of holes in kale leaves. The dreaded squash bugs poke tiny holes in my zucchini plants, ruining the harvest.
In my rock garden, spiders see plants as trusses for their webs, spinning more and more every day for their catches. Garden snakes twine slowly around the supports for my raspberry brambles. Squirrels sneak into my strawberry patch to nibble one bite from a perfect berry.
When I dig a scoop from the compost pile, worms wriggle through the rich mixture. I find their movement fascinating, since they thrive in moist darkness.
Wherever I look, my garden is in constant movement. The garden is alive with movement. With no movement, my garden is dead, as in winter.
I am a security-seeker. I like things to remain the same. I am fine eating the same foods, following the same routines, and wearing the same clothes over and over.
There is some benefit to my repetitive habits. But the truth I’m learning from my garden: With less movement, there is less living.
I want a fuller life, the life God wants for me. God wants to challenge the insidious movement in my life, the pests of vice that creep in the shady places. He wants to chase out the invading sins that seek to steal and harm. He wants me to be fruitful and productive, which requires assistance from others. I must be open to change, because change brings newness of life.
I like this verse:
For in him we live and move and have our being. Acts 17:28 NIV
In God’s garden, I live and move and have my being. God wants me to keep moving, living, and growing. He does not want me to be solitary or stagnant. He wants newness of life every day in my heart’s garden. With his help, I’m learning to notice and appreciate movement in my heart’s garden, and weed out the bad from the good.
Question for reflection:
What movement is occurring in your heart’s garden today?
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