It is easy to be a gardener in the spring.

Winter is over, the sun shines warm on your shoulders, fingernails get caked with mud and dirt as you crumble hardened clumps of earth between your fingers. There is so much hope and joy and satisfaction in pushing those little seeds of potential into the earth, believing and contemplating the harvest that will come from those tiny seeds.

This is spring, this is the planting of the seeds, and this is the easy part. Growth happens, because this is natural, and plants bloom. But with the plants, come weeds. Lots of weeds. And with the passing of days, the temperature rises. Suddenly those glamorous mornings praying over the earth become drops of sweat drenching your shirt, and it's not so glamorous anymore.

I'd rather be inside, maybe dreaming up a new project instead of working on the one right outside my door. Sometimes it is a lot easier to dream, than to act. Easier to imagine, than to actually put pen to paper, or hammer those nails, and build.

I’d rather be inside, maybe dreaming up a new project, instead of working on the one right outside my door.

Who said pursuing a garden would be easy? Who said chasing that dream would come without sweat and tears, and discouragement? Who said some days, or most days, you would feel like giving up?

Maybe it would be easier to just mow right over those weeds, killing the ornery crab grass and wild onions right along with the vegetables you planned on harvesting. Easier, yes. It would be easier. But along with killing the weeds, you would be killing the garden. If you mow it all down, there will be no harvest.

Gardens don't just need planting, gardens need tending.

When hard work and vision in the beginning are not followed with dedication and persistence in the process, you might just be left with a lame harvest, or no harvest.

There are many life lessons to be found in the garden, and I'm prompted to ask...

What are you dreaming of that you aren't working on? Has it gotten hard to pursue that thing you used to be so excited about? Is your vision bigger than your desire to sweat, to sacrifice?

The joyful spring season of planting may be over, and now you find yourself in the heat of summer. I understand. I've been there. I am sitting here typing these words for myself.

It's hard to "garden" in the summer seasons, because all it seems like you are doing is pulling weeds in the heat. But what you are really doing is working by faith, and those who continue in the heat, will reap a harvest in the fall. Do not give up.

"...For what you plant will always be the very thing you harvest. The harvest you reap reveals the seed that was planted... And do not allow yourselves to be weary or disheartened in planting good seeds, for the season of reaping the wonderful harvest you've planted is coming!" Galatians 6: 8, 9 The Passion Translation

"Dear brothers and sisters, be patient as you wait for the Lord's return. Consider the farmers who patiently wait for the rains in the fall and in the spring. They eagerly look for the valuable harvest to ripen." James 5:7 New Living Translation

Tend your garden, friends, and do not lose heart. We do not labor alone, we are co-creators with God. By continually dwelling in His presence, and drinking of His living water, we can continually be refreshed by relationship with Him. We can have joy in perseverance because we are hoping in the harvest. And hope, even in the hottest summer, is a powerful force.

 

About Marianne Sloan

Marianne Sloan is passionate about Jesus, her family, and living simply, intentionally, and with great joy. She has found that there is no greater life fulfillment than following hard after the God who has created her, knows her by name, and who loves her. The wife to Luke, and mama to four, Marianne and her family live in a small town outside of Nashville, Tennessee. She is a homeschool-mom, web-designer, and nature-lover. Spending her days raising and teaching her four littles keeps her a little occupied, but when she's not mothering, working or teaching, she loves to read, write, garden, and run. You can connect with Marianne on her BLOG { mariannemsloan.com } and INSTAGRAM { @marianne_sloan }.

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