The gardener who longs for blooms with each season must do some planning and creative planting. The blooms of one season will eventually become the unattractive dying plants of the next season. As plants like daffodils and tulips die back and prepare to rest until next spring, the gardener is challenged with the need to cover the brown drooping leaves. By planting flowers that bloom at different times of the year close together the new shoots will act as covering for the dying plants. This is a gardening trick that experienced gardeners use to keep their garden looking fresh and abundant throughout the entire growing season.
As believers, we can do the same for the body of Christ. The Bible says that “love will cover a multitude of sins.” Just as the daylily springing up in May will cover the dying leaves of April’s daffodils; one Christian can come alongside another and cover them with love. We are all at different stages in our spiritual development and sometimes our brown, unsightly leaves are showing. A Christian with experience and maturity in the stage of life we are struggling in can shelter us with their grace.
The Bible exhorts us to love one another, to comfort those who mourn, and to rejoice with those who rejoice. As members of one family we all contribute to the overall beauty of the garden.
When you are prospering and flourishing, use this grace to cover those who may be hurting and when you feel pain and loss, lean on Christian friends who have strength to share.
And above all things have fervent love for one another, for “love will cover a multitude of sins.” 1 Peter 4:8
Calling on the Master Gardener: Lord, use me to shelter those who may be hurting and to cover the sins of less mature Christians. As Your love covers my sins and inadequacies, let me be that covering for others. Amen.
Preparing the Soil:
When have you felt the covering of others in your life? How does God provide shelter in your life?
Who needs your sheltering or covering today?
Sowing the Word: Extend yourself today to someone who needs you to stand alongside them. What specific action can you take to show that person they have your support?
Establishing Roots: James 5:13-19, John 8:1-11
Garden Wisdom: Clever planning will give you a constant array of growth. Choose plants that flower at different times of the year and place them close together to keep your garden full and vibrant. Grouping certain vegetables together offers support for one, shade for others, and can enrich the soil.