Gardening for me is an exercise in trust. Very little of what happens in my garden is up to me, and I learn a lot in the garden that I can use on the other side of the garden wall.
In my own life, I have been drawn to many a sparkling thing or pretty flower along the road–each one promising me happiness, contentment, even wealth and prosperity. I have picked some of those flowers to plant: in my garden and my life. A few have taken root, grown into wonderful blessings that continue to enrich. Others were actually weeds with pretty blossoms that ended up choking out what was healthy, and I had to admit failure, tear them out and move on.
As a gardener, I am a co-creator in what God is already doing in the world. When I remember this, and trust it, my garden grows.
This message is adapted from “How does your garden grow” written by Catherine Pate in the January/February 2013 issue of Gather magazine.