This past Sunday afternoon I worked in my yard. It was a brisk afternoon to work. It’s my week to have yard waste picked up. I’ve had leaves and debris cluttering up the beds and lawn. I will freely admit that I love pulling weeds, picking up sticks, and excising the Japanese holly that insists on sending up volunteers to crowd my azaleas.
As I worked, I noticed the promise of camellia buds waiting on the right moment to burst open. As I raked leaves off a particularly uninspired bed, I remembered that I needed to plan something for the spring and summer so it isn’t a mass of volunteer flowers, spindly ferns, and weeds. Working in the yard and just being outside is a restorative activity for me. I like the movement and time to think.
As part of my thinking time, I thought about my spiritual garden. I began to think about the weeds in my spiritual garden. The time wasters and habits that need to be trimmed? How do I make the soil of my relationship with God, richer, vivid, and meaningful? What practices might I add to promote growth?
Many of you are thinking about your garden beds; about improvements and trimming that needs to be done in the yard. I offer those questions about your spiritual garden? How will you deepen the roots of your relationship with God in the coming months?