Thursday, April 7, 2011

Taking Inventory of the Garden

This morning I spent some time on my balcony taking inventory of my little garden. It's not much, but I have a few tomato plants, green beans, bell peppers, flowers, a little palm, and some shrubbery growing. Some of the plants looked great, some needed water and a few of the tomato plants actually looked like they had received too much water from the recent rains. All in all, the garden wasn't too bad, but it was definitely evident that I had not stopped to give it some much needed attention. I've been distracted and a little unorganized lately, mostly because I've been trying to do everything on my own. Thankfully it wasn't too late for the garden! With a little extra work the garden was back in shape and looking lively in no time.

I found my heart to be in a similar situation this morning as well. I woke up with a thousand things running through my mind. I got out of bed and was about to begin my daily routine when I realized that I didn't want to just go through the motions. I was tired of all the craziness going on. As much as I was trying to gain control myself and put things in order, it just wasn't working. The main idea of participating in the 21 day Daniel fast is to spend even more time in prayer and quiet surrender with God. Even though I was doing that each morning, it was becoming part of my routine instead of a time to unwind and seek God's direction. I decided to sit down on the couch, take a big time out, and just read a devotional and wait for God to speak. I had the time and it was time I took it!

Before long my eyes grew heavy. I leaned back against the couch pillows and closed my eyes. Immediately I envisioned a picture of Jesus and a young girl sitting at his feet resting her head in his arms. I could just imagine the girl sharing all of her worries, hopes, and dreams with Jesus and He in return holding her hand and gently reminding her that He would take care of everything. It was time for me to do the same. I mentally placed my head in the Savior's lap and began sharing my own thoughts. I did an inventory of everything that I was worrying about, was upset about, and even what I was thrilled and excited about.

Jesus knows us better than we know ourselves, but He invites us to open up and communicate with Him anyway. I took a look at my heart and the distractions around me and asked Him to help me stay focused on Him alone. What a huge relief it was to share and allow Him to take each thought from my shoulders and place it on His own.  Jesus says, "Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest" (Matthew 11:28).  "Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you (I Peter 5:7).

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