Remnant seed…

Posted April 8th, 2012 by Leah and filed in Word of Encouragement

In my gardens in the past, I planted young plants, not seed. So last year when my first raised flower bed bloomed out, I assumed that I was suppose to pull up all the dead plants by the roots and start over, instead of just cutting them back. Some time passed, we added more beds and made the decision to designate the 4 beds flanking the cross into flower beds, leaving the rest for fruit and veggies. After the blooming season, we put down a layer of compost and let the beds rest. Last week, I noticed that flowers were starting to bloom in the bed where I had pulled up the plants by the roots! It is quite amazing.



Here are the 4 beds symetrically flanking the cross where we planted seed for flowers about a month ago.

and here is the original bed starting to bloom…again!

I have to laugh at myself, realizing just how little control I have over the landscape of my life. Even when I pull up what I mistake as old and dead, by the root no less, God may have different plans and choose to resurrect.

The Bible tells us Love covers a multitude of sins…I am so thankful God can take my mistakes, shortcomings, and sin, turn things around and make my garden bloom again. Too often when I think it’s over, He desires me to start again, with a new perspective.

There are things in our lives that the root goes deep. And as much as we try to change, uproot or cover over with something new…seed remains. That’s God’s way. God always leaves a remnant of something good in our lives, a remnant chosen by grace. Isaiah tells us the Holy seed is in the stump.

His ways are higher and better! Look at this bed last year…

Father God, we give you our gardens of Gethsemane and ask you to resurrect that which is beautiful and good, making our lives look like a well-watered garden, a garden of Eden. Cultivate holiness and beauty in the landscape of our lives. Thank you for being the ever-present watchman guarding the seeds of faith planted by your Holy Spirit. As our Master Gardner, uproot anything not of you and plant your ways, your words and your love. Cause those seeds to bloom and grow…

But blessed is the man who trusts me, God,

the woman who sticks with God.

They’re like trees replanted in Eden,

putting down roots near the rivers-

Never a worry through the hottest of summers,

never dropping a leaf,

Serene and calm through droughts,

bearing fresh fruit every season.

Jeremiah 17:7-8  (Message Bible)

Seed for thought this week…



One Response to “Remnant seed…”

  1. Jody Collins says:

    seeds……..everywhere the life of Jesus touches us is another place for growth. First things have to die (finish their season?) then new growth comes…
    Beautiful, Leah!

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