Monday, May 18, 2015

A Safe Place to Take Root and Grow

A new season of gardening has come, bringing with it more teachable moments. This morning while I was out pulling weeds, I was waiting to hear from the LORD.  I wasn't sure whether or not there was anything new that He could teach me in the garden.  After all, this is my sixth year having one.  I had decided not to listen to my iPod, just in case He had something to say to me.  Well, I wasn't disappointed. 

Today I noticed that there were a few green bean plants growing in places where I did not initially plant them.  They were close to where I planted them, but definitely not in the exact same place.  What I think happened is after some heavy rains we've received, the seeds I planted were washed away just slightly.  Thankfully, because I have a border around the garden, they weren't washed away completely.  They were still in a safe place where they could take root and grow.  

The LORD told me that the border around my garden is much like His Torah.  He gave His Torah (His instructions) to His people in order to set safe perimeters.  He then reminded me that sometimes in life His people experience periods of heavy rains, or storms, but as long as we remain within His set boundaries, we will still have a safe place to take root and grow.  

Joshua 1:7-8 tells us: 

Only be strong and very courageous; be careful to do according to all the law which Moses My servant commanded you; do not turn from it to the right or to the left, so that you may have success wherever you go. This book of the law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it; for then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have success.…

Having just recently come to understand that all of the LORD's commandments still apply to His people today means that I am still learning what all of those applicable commandments even are.  I'm starting to recognize the safe perimeters He has laid out.  I see these borders as a demonstration of His love for me, even if I don't understand them all just yet. Much like when my children were toddlers, their father and I set perimeters for them, showing them where they could go and what they could do. These borders were not given to keep them from fun, rather we laid them out for their well being.  Our rules & instructions provided freedom and safety for our children.  The freedom was their ability to enjoy life knowing that they were safe as long as they obeyed their father and me. 

As a child of the Most High God, I am to follow His Torah - His instructions (Exodus 18:20).  Because I love my Savior and Lord, Jesus Christ, I am to obey His commandments (John 14:15). Doing so gives me a safe place to take root and grow
 

Deal bountifully with your servant,
that I may live and keep your word.
Open my eyes, that I may behold
wondrous things out of your law.
I am a sojourner on the earth;
hide not your commandments from me!
My soul is consumed with longing
for your rules at all times.
You rebuke the insolent, accursed ones,
who wander from your commandments.
Take away from me scorn and contempt,
for I have kept your testimonies.
Even though princes sit plotting against me,
your servant will meditate on your statutes.
Your testimonies are my delight;
they are my counselors.
Psalm 119:17-24 




 
                                                (This picture is of my garden in 2013)