Last summer I began to plant in a little corner of my backyard and dedicated the space to hummingbirds and butterflies. I have absolutely loved watching the various species of butterflies and other pollinators visit my little flower garden. This year I decided to try my hand at vegetable gardening. My sweet husband built two garden boxes for me, and I planted three types of tomatoes, zucchini, and snap peas, among a few other things. I am faithfully in my garden everyday, usually multiple times a day. I know every plant by name, I know every bloom that is about to open, I see every potential pest and threat, and I know when they need water and light. I am learning to be patient, as plants do not produce a harvest overnight, and I had to learn about the timing of planting- what can be planted early and what needs to be planted after the threat of frost. Because I love my plants, I want to do what is best for them, so they will produce a crop for me. I’m expecting juicy tomatoes this summer, and crisp cucumbers, hopefully in abundance to share with my neighbors. While I’m learning about gardening, I’m also learning about God’s character. He tends to the soil and the condition of our hearts, and how He is tender and loving with us. God was the very first gardener in Genesis, “So God said, ‘Let the earth sprout [tender] vegetation, plants yielding seed, and fruit trees bearing fruit according to (limited to, consisting with) their kind, whose seed is in them upon the earth’ and it was so” (Genesis 1: 11, AMP). He is The Ultimate Gardener, and to me, it just makes sense that He would use His very creation to teach us about Himself. Here are a few of His characteristics He’s been revealing to me:
Patience: “The Lord does not delay His promise, as some understand delay, but is patient with you, not wanting any to perish” (2 Peter 3:9, CSB). I can’t tell you how many times I’ve laid in bed at the end of the day recapping my mistakes, or failures. How patient He is, to gently correct me (not condemn me) and extend His mercy.
“The Lord is merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in compassion and lovingkindness” (Psalms 103:8, AMP).
Perfect Timing: “He has made everything appropriate in its time. He has also put eternity their hearts, but no one can discover the work God has done from the beginning to end” (Ecclesiastes 3:11, CSB).
” ‘At that time’ – this is the Lord’s declaration- ‘I will be the God of all families of Israel, and they will be my people’ ” (Jeremiah 31:1, CSB).
“I the Lord will quicken it in its [appointed] time” (Isaiah 60:22b, AMP). Think of things in your life that God’s timing has been unbelievably perfect, even when it wasn’t what you planned.
Knowledge: “Our Lord is great, vast in power; His understanding is infinite” (Psalms 147:5, CSB). God has absolute and perfect knowledge of everything in the universe, including you and I.
“Lord, you have searched me and known me. You know when I sit down and when I stand up; you understand my thoughts from far away” (Psalms 139:1-2, CSB).
“Indeed, the hairs of your head are all counted” (Luke 12: 7a, CSB).
Expectation: “Every tree that doesn’t produce good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. So you’ll recognize them by their fruit” (Matthew 7:19-20, CSB). God expects us to produce fruit. Producing fruit in our lives is evidence of our faith, and we should want to produce fruit to show our love for our Savior.
“I am the vine; you are the branches. The one who remains in me and I in him produces much fruit, because you can do nothing without me” (John 15:5, CSB).
“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control” (Galatians 5:22-23, CSB).
Generosity: “And God is able to make every grace overflow to you, so that in every way, always having everything you need, you may excel in every good work. As it is written: He distributed freely; gave to the poor; his righteousness endures forever” (2 Corinthians 9:9-10 CSB).
“Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, who does not change like shifting shadows” (James 1:17, CSB). I challenge you to begin making a list of all the gifts God has given you. How generous has He been in your life?
“For you are are saved by grace through faith, and it is not from yourselves; it is God’s gift” (Ephesians 2:8, CSB).
“If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good things to those who ask him” (Matthew 7:11, CSB).
Love: “But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions- it is by grace you have been saved” (Ephesians 2:4-5, CSB).
“You have encircled me; you have placed your hand on me” (Psalms 139:5, CSB).
“For God so [greatly] loved and dearly prized the world, that He [even] gave His [One and] only begotten Son, so that whoever believes and trusts Him [as Savior] shall not perish, but have eternal life” (John 3:16, AMP). The evidence of God’s love for me is so overwhelming! How does God reveal His character to you? I’d love to hear what He’s showing you!
Thank you for taking the time to read my blog! I hope you were blessed by it!