Too often I approach my garden with the Martha mentality. I look around with a critical eye and see only the tasks and chores I need to accomplish. Trim the ivy, mulch the flower bed, divide the hostas, water the container plants, there is always something that needs tending. I have a hard time just sitting and enjoying the beauty of my garden.
How often do you sit on your garden bench without the critical eye but with the spirit of Mary? Martha and Mary were sisters but each approached life differently. When Jesus came to visit, Mary sat at his feet soaking in His presence and teaching, while Martha busied herself with chores. When Martha complained that Mary was not helping her, Jesus admonished Martha for being “worried about many things” but praised Mary for choosing the “good part” by spending time with Him.
God wants you to enjoy your garden and to find His presence there. He wants you to watch the butterfly as it dances from flower to flower and experience peace knowing that God loves you and provides for all His creation. He wants you to hear the birds sing His praises as you relax and acknowledge His faithfulness.
Gardens require hard work and tending to maintain beauty and growth. Life consists of chores and to-do lists, but don’t miss Jesus when He visits. Don’t let the “many things” distract you as you take time to sit at His feet in your garden.
“It is good and fitting for one to eat and drink, and to enjoy the good of all his labor in which he toils under the sun…” Ecclesiastes 5:18
Calling on the Master Gardener:
Lord, thank You for Your presence in my life. Thank you that I can hear Your voice when I take the time to listen. When I consider the beauty Your hands have made, it forces me to stop and be still, to drink in all Your glory found in Your creation, and choose the good part of spending time with You. Amen.
Preparing the Soil:
How often do you rush through prayer and meditation in God’s word to get to your to-do list?
Where can you sit and bask in God’s presence? If you don’t already have a special place like this in your garden or yard, consider creating one this week
Sowing the Word: List all the chores you have to do today. Go through your list and include opportunities for reflective moments with God. Make time with God a priority each day and He will bless your chores as well.
Establishing Roots: Luke 10:38-42, Psalm 84:10-11
Garden Wisdom: Make lists of garden chores and try to tackle a few each week. You will feel less overwhelmed and be able to set the tasks aside when it is time to enjoy your garden. Try keeping a gardening journal to document what time savers you create from year to year or to remember things to avoid for next year that may save you time.
What we pursue and how we spend our time reflects what we value. I pray that you are laser focused on the things you truly value and are aligning your time and actions accordingly. ~Mary http://bit.ly/2sVhFhZ