How Does Your Garden Grow? – Part 2


Last week we began the journey of looking at different tools that help tend the garden of our soul.  This week we will look at the other two essential tools in the gardening kit.

 Shovel and Hoe

“Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice” (Ephesians 4:31 NIV).

Life’s events and broken relationships can often leave us extremely broken. A heart broken due to betrayal, loss, an unfaithful spouse, or rejection, to name just a few, has a greater possibility of developing a root of bitterness. That bitterroot becomes the taproot from which any number of negative spirits can become attached. The entangled root system becomes a web of negativity –unforgiveness, anger, resentment, jealousy, and offense. The shovel and hoe work on the roots that run underneath the soil in our soul’s garden; these roots are not visible until the soil is turned over. There are times when the small hand shovel just isn’t enough; that is when we grab the imaginary, full-sized shovel in the corner of our prayer closet and frantically begin digging out the entire root system. Just as with the dandelion, if the taproot is not totally removed, the plant will grow back. Managing the anger, jealousy, or resentment is not the cure; we must proactively go after the root system through the guidance and direction of the Holy Spirit until every root is removed and we repent of our grievous offense against our Heavenly Father.

Watering Can

“Jesus answered her, ‘If you knew the gift of God and who it is that asks you for a drink, you would have asked Him and He would have given you Living Water’”(John 4:10 NIV).

Although two-thirds of the human body is composed of water, just two days without water will cause the body’s kidneys to begin to shut down. Death would be eminent. Water is essential for the physical body! In John 4:10, Jesus speaks to the Samaritan woman, telling her that He is the Living Water. Reading on, Jesus answers the woman’s question posed in verses 11-12 concerning the water from the well with: “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but those who drink the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life” (John 4:13-14 NIV).

Ladies, just as our physical garden craves water from our watering can, our soul’s garden is thirsty for the outpouring of the Living Water that flows through our intimate relationship with Jesus Christ. Through the Holy Spirit’s presence in our lives, our soul’s garden can be free of the unwanted, unhealthy growth and roots, then fertilized with the Bread of Life and hydrated with the Living Water, Jesus Christ. The work is an ongoing process. Just as with our vegetable and flower gardens, there will be a continual need for trimming, pruning, hoeing, digging, and raking. But the benefit to this emotional toiling is that we are working with a purpose in one’s heart. The result is a healthy soul – one that is beautiful and fruitful and a blessing to everyone around us.

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