As a new homeowner and gardener on a budget, I eagerly accepted any and all plant splits or leftovers from family, friends, and neighbors. What at first seemed like a free way to create a garden and fill my landscape with blooms soon became a memorial to special people in my life – a scrapbook garden of sorts.
Like walking through the pages of a scrapbook, my garden represented the pages of my life and those who have left a lasting mark on it. Behind each blossom I saw a face or heard a voice and felt connected to people and memories.
Memories and Reminders
Vintage peonies and fragrant phlox brought back childhood memories of my mother’s garden and the endless summers of my childhood. The pachysandra along the drive was a reminder of an aunt who shared special lunches with me and provided endless stories of family members I never knew. The pink dogwood tree was a present from my first grade class – each blossom reminiscent of twenty-three eager faces as I read their favorite stories each day.
God’s word tells us that we are like flowers leaving behind a fragrant aroma as we touch each others’ lives. In fact, Paul says we are the aroma of Christ as we lead others closer to God (2 Corinthians 2:14&15).
The lasting mark we leave in others’ lives should be like the flowers in an heirloom garden that return each spring to bring joy to the gardener.
As we sow into each others’ lives we build beauty and grace that grows and endures from generation to generation.
I thank my God upon every remembrance of you, always in every prayer of mine… Ephesians 5:2
Calling on the Master Gardener:
Lord, I thank You for the people You have led into my life and the lasting impressions they have made. Help me to appreciate their influence as I recognize the growth and beauty that is a result of their support, teaching, or love. Show me ways I can be a part of another’s life and build into their scrapbook garden. Amen.
Preparing the Soil:
How are you currently sowing into someone’s life that will leave a lasting influence and help them grow?
In what ways have others left lasting impressions and influences in your life? How are you a better person from these relationships?
Sowing the Word: List the people that have sown seeds of growth and beauty in your life. Say a prayer for each one asking God to bless them and for their influence to continue through your life to others. Perhaps you may even be prompted to contact some of them to express your gratitude about the influence they had in your life.
Garden Wisdom: You can enhance and multiply the variety of plants in your garden by sharing splits with friends and neighbors. Include planting and watering instructions for the plants you share. What a great way to reach out to neighbors and build lasting relationships!