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Springtime Blooms: A Metaphor

The air has changed. The warmth on my skin tells me that Spring is here. I can see it all around me. The trees are greener. The flowers have begun to spark life. The bumblebees buzz back and forth from bush to bush, completing their miraculous life's work. I hear the sweet song of the robin and smell the faint aroma of the honeysuckle. 

Walking into my backyard, I look at the garden beds that my husband and I have started prepping for our Summer vegetables. These beds were not tended to all winter. There are weeds and leaves where delicious green beans and tomatoes were once thriving. This year, we decided to add on to our vegetable garden and my husband has built two additional beds. As he builds his own little watering system and I watch the garden beds begin to resemble their former glory, I can't help but think about my own spiritual garden bed. 

The winter season for my garden produces brown, shriveled up plants that appear as if they may never thrive again. It causes me to question introspectively: is there a "winter" season in my soul and in my life that needs to be tended to? 

If we are all honest with ourselves, absolutely. We may not presently be there, but each of us have experienced a time where our spirit is brown and shriveled up. Where beautiful fruit once flowed from our hearts into every aspect of our lives, there are now weeds. Weeds that have started out small, but slowly have taken over and now that we are entering Spring, we can see the weeds for what they truly were. 

I love this metaphor because it gives hope. The Bible represents the water that our garden (spirit) needs to thrive. Without water, I would never be able to produce fruit or veggies from my garden. Without water, I could never share my produce with those around me. 

My challenge today: are there any "weeds" in your spiritual garden that need to be removed? Are you ready to water your garden with the ONE true source of life that is able to quench and restore even the most neglected garden?

John 4: 13-14

Jesus answered and said to her, "Everyone who drinks of this water will thirst again; but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him shall never thirst; but the water that I will give him will become in him a well of water springing up to eternal life."


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