The weather is warm, the leaf buds are swollen with potential, and life is good. With only ten days till it’s officially Spring, my heart swells with garden joy! Little by little, as my frail back affords, I’ve been preparing my small urban garden for healthy abundant blooms. While raking fallen leaves and cutting out dead wood, my spirit rises knowing glorious beauty will manifest.
Similarly, separating the fallen and dead is what must occur in order for God’s kingdom to bloom in our hearts and on Earth both now and at the time of Christ’s return.
“Thy kingdom come, thy will be done on Earth as it is in Heaven.” Matthew 6:10
There has to be a pruning of our hearts, a raking of our fallen leaves, and cutting off the dead wood taking up real estate within our hearts and minds. Anything that is not of Christ ultimately will be pruned and burnt up….How much more glorious if we allow Him to shape us into the ever-blooming rose bush He dreamed of when we were nothing but seedlings!
“People may build on this foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, or straw. The day will make what each one does clearly visible because fire will reveal it. That fire will determine what kind of work each person has done.” 1 Corinthians 3:12-13 (God’s Word Translation)
The Master Gardener will prune our heart’s garden if we let Him…if we cooperate with His will being done in our hearts and homes rather than growing into a mess of an overgrown, out of control shrub! Although His pruning and preparation painfully cuts deep at times within our diseased and dying souls, His intentions are to manifest the beautiful design He dreamed for us when He planted us in His well-landscaped garden.
So this Spring, as you plan out, prepare, and prune a garden of your own, ask yourself: What is God, your Master Gardener, pruning in you? What needs to be cut out of your heart in order for you to manifest abundant blooms in His garden…in His kingdom? God wants to see you bloom. He wants to you to live in His ever-blooming love so that you can abundantly love others and truly live both now and forever with Him in His heavenly garden. In order to be ever-blooming though, you need to allow Him to prune the garden of your heart.
“And the LORD your God will circumcise your heart and the heart of your offspring, so that you will love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul, that you may live.” Deuteronomy 30:6 (English Standard Version)