I love my desert garden.
Well, most of the time. Currently, my garden is struggling to survive and it shows.
I find it disheartening to watch my hard work and careful planning come to nought, while my hopes for beauty and a fresh-picked salad wither before my eyes.
Every year, I (foolishly) expect an equal return for my investment.
Instead, I end up with stunted growth, yellow-tinged foliage, and shrunken, bug-nibbled pickings, IF my plants live long enough to come to fruit at all. (Thanks to a bad dog, rude kitty, heat waves, stingy rain, and the endless hordes of plant munchers that seem to have no trouble zeroing in on my tiny plot.)
Why do I put so much of myself into this dry and inhospitable land?
It would be so tempting to just give up. Toss my well-worn gardening gloves, scatter my seeds to the chickens, and be done with it.
But, I endure.
Every year (forgetful of my losses), I skip along happily, seed catalogs in hand and hope in my heart, anticipating the coming lush greenness and the shining fruits of my labor. .
Faith in God is like that.
.“Let thy mercy, O Lord, be upon us,
according as we hope in thee.” Psalm 33:22
But how often have I, like a hyacinth refusing to bloom, been offended by the path You forced me on?
How often have I balked at the sacrifices You required of me?
Strengthen my roots, O God, so the tug and pull of this world can never break me or loosen my hold upon thee.
Cause my tears of frustration to water my faith, not drown me in ambivalence.
Shower me with thy mercy, and guide me under the shade of Your mighty wing.
And I will grow.
We may never have a flourishing garden in this world of our sojourning, my friends. (Have you come to terms with what you may never have?)
But take comfort, dear ones: God WILL reward His faithful, tear-stained children with an Eden, lush with righteousness and everlasting joy, where our losses are truly forgotten.
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