The Garden of Your Heart
“But I see another law at work in me, waging war against the law of my mind and making me a prisoner of the law of sin at work within me. What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body that is subject to death? Thanks be to God, who delivers me through Jesus Christ our Lord!” Romans 7:23–25 (niv)
Bang! The screen door slammed behind me. I stomped out to the garden, pulling on my work gloves. I was angry. Angry at the pickup truck that had cut in front of me in traffic. Angry at the cashier who had overcharged me. Angry at my son for talking back. Angry at my husband for not understanding. Angry at the world.
Yanking up handfuls of weeds, my gloves were soon dark with moist dirt. I worked my way along the neat rows and my breathing slowed. My thoughts calmed.
I noticed how rapidly some weeds had shot out runners, tangling themselves among my green beans and cucumbers, choking out life. I pictured my angry feelings. Each bitter thought spread gnarled fingers into my heart, choking off love. And like the nettles and quackgrass, they kept coming back. There was only one Gardener who could help me in this battle.
“Jesus, tear out those dangerous weeds in my soul. Don’t let sin take root in me.”
His love and forgiveness washed over me, and then I felt His nudge to pray specifically for each person I felt had wronged me. I began to pray with each clump of weed I pulled. “Lord, protect the stranger in the pickup who was in such a hurry. Father, bless the overworked cashier. Help my son with his frustration. Touch my husband with Your joy today.”
Soon my garden was free of weeds, able to thrive and produce again; and my heart was fertile ground, ready for the fruit He wanted to cultivate in me.
FAITH STEP: How is the garden of your heart? Have you noticed any weeds? Ask Jesus to deal with the deep roots.
Written by Sharon Hinck
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