Movement in God’s Garden

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?

You may also like to read my Five Minute Friday post for this week.

Join me again tomorrow as my blog series “Meeting God in the Garden” continues. In the meantime, check out a few other posts in this series:

Take a virtual tour of my garden

Learn lessons from the bees

Read my recent guest gardener interview

My book The Fruitful Life is a study on the fruits of the spirit, and my book Newness of Life is about trusting in God’s perfect timing.  Both books are available now on Amazon.

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  • There’s a parallel metaphor going on for me right now as I am carrying a pedometer and trying to be more intentional about moving my physical body around to wake up a sluggish metabolism. Your words are sending exclamation points into my brain that I don’t want to become sluggish spiritually. As we’re out working in our gardens, may we enter into the truth of Psalm 19 that even the sky over our head is shouting out the glory of God!

    • Sarah Geringer

      Great metaphor, Michele! Thanks for sharing!

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  • Amy Jung

    Sarah–I love what you’re writing on and the verses. What a perfect visual as I’m working in my own garden. I’m sure you must have lots of life in yours as I remember reading that you love gardening. Blessings as you meditate on the truths you’re writing on…

    • Sarah Geringer

      Thank you Amy, I’m glad you’re enjoying this series! Blessings to you as well.

  • Gretchen

    Sarah-wise words my friend! I am similar in that I like things predictable and protected. Routine is wonderful to me. Lol But like you, I have seen this isn’t good for my faith. God wants me it grow and change and trust Him in the process. Even the yucky stuff in your garden like snakes and spiders are signs of life. All things are used for our good by Him as well, even the yucky stuff. Great post?

    • Sarah Geringer

      Hi Gretchen, Yes, the scary things are good signs of life, and they have their place. Just not near me, hopefully. I’ve found many ticks on me this year…don’t really know their place in creation, just saying! Thanks for reading, friend.

  • Change brings newness of life- amen! Isn’t it funny how we struggle with the command “to be still” while also struggling with movement around us? Beautiful picture of the importance of living alive, Sarah, thank you!

    • Sarah Geringer

      Bethany, thanks for visiting today!

  • Debbie Kitterman

    Sarah, what a great post! It’s important to remember that we need to keep moving closer to God. How can we get to know Him if we don’t move towards Him? Thanks for linking up with #TuneInThursday this week. See you next time!

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  • Sarah,
    What great reflections of truth from your garden! Amen! Thanks so much for sharing this with us at #MomentsofHope. You are a blessing ♥
    Lori

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