“And may the beauty of the Lord our God be upon us, and establish the work of our hands” (Psalm 90:17 NKJV).
Living The Cycle
It’s autumn now, and gardens are being “put to bed” for the winter in my neck of the woods. None are tended much these days.
I spent several days in my yard a couple weeks ago. The works of my hands surely show in my garden. When I have taken time to tend it properly, then the work of my hands shows the beauty of God. It is obvious that I have worked hard to bring forth that beauty. The opposite happens when I neglect my garden during the waning summer months. Tall weeds and encroaching wild grasses rim my yard and accompany my now untended flowers. It makes fodder and fuel for fire and destruction.
Sure sounds like our souls, doesn’t it?
We live well when we tend to our souls. We crash and burn when we neglect them.
It’s the same cycle, year after year, spring to summer to autumn to winter and around to spring again.
The cycle speaks of wisdom. If we manage a garden, then life is extended. If we care for our souls, then life is enriched. It takes wisdom for our lives to be inspired.
How do we get wisdom? We run to Abba for it.
Imagine sitting with your heavenly Father for a heart-to-heart chat.
“Climb onto my lap, child. I AM here for you.” His hands reach out to lift you.
You lay your head on His breast and sigh. It’s been a long season. He strokes your hair off your forehead. You are ready to listen.
“After this time of rest, there is still a way to go. But I have provided for you. I have planned a way for you to walk successfully, without regrets. But you will need to stick to my instructions (which I have written down for you), listen to sound advice; apply your heart to understand; ask for discernment as you need it, and look for wisdom as you would for buried treasure.”
“But that’s a lot of ifs,” you sigh again. He hugs you close.
“Yes, that is so. But I promise that you will learn to trust Me more; and get to know Me better. As that happens, you will have wisdom to help others find me. You’ll also understand things you would not otherwise. You won’t be weary, but you will have lots of energy.”
“Do I need lots of energy, Abba?”
“Oh yes, child. You will face injustices of the world with truth. It will not be easy, but as you lean on the wisdom I give you, I will guard your very life through it all.”
He sets you back on your feet and puts both hands around your face to lean in and whisper, “Because I love you, child. With My very life.”