Raking Away the MulchThursday, February 04, 2016
Now, I am not naïve enough to think that we won’t have another frost. I’ll be careful with my plantings as I move forward. However, the sunny day and the discovery of spring flowers lit a fire in me! I am so excited to get out there and get things done! After months of winter indifference toward my garden I am invigorated!
How many times in our spiritual walk do we feel indifferent? How easily do we fall into a slump when the “weather” turns cold and ignore our relationship with God? Unfortunately, I think it is fairly easy. It can happen to the best of us. Our days become busy and one distraction after another quietly shifts our priorities. Before we know it the resolve to enter into His presence each day is lying dormant under a thick layer of mulch. Slowly, seemingly without our notice, our enthusiasm fades and we wake up one morning to discover that nothing is growing.
So, what does it take to have our faith renewed? Simply put, it needs attention.
“But they delight in the law of the Lord, meditating on it day and night.
They are like trees planted along the riverbank, bearing fruit each season. Their leaves never wither, and they prosper in all they do.” Psalm 1:2-3 (NLT)
We need to take the time to foster our relationship with Christ. Just as in a garden, good care will bring wonderful results. As we place our priority in spending time with Jesus through prayer, worship and meditating on His word, our relationship will flourish. That enthusiasm we have been missing will return just like a sunny day after weeks of rain. And as a result, we will experience beautiful growth.
I want that growth, don’t you? It’s time for me to take inventory and rake away the old mulch in my life that is impeding my intimacy with Christ. But unlike with gardening, this part of the process IS enjoyable, for any time we spend in the company of our Lord is blessed.