July 8 Inspiration

From the Desk of Dawn Parr, Children’s Ministry Director

This summer I have decided to landscape my backyard. Spending days digging in the dirt has been cathartic and soul-soothing because yard work is frustrating and gratifying. Once you finalize the border of a landscape bed, particular care of the grass and soil must be maintained. A beautiful pot of geraniums can be easily devoured by a family of deer. Hours spent digging up groundcover seems fruitless when it reappears, almost overnight. A new garden needs constant watering, or it will dry up as the weeds fight for control.

Jesus’ Parable of the Sower found in Matthew 13 explains four different reactions to hearing the Gospel: hearing but not understanding; delighting in the Word but turning away when trouble comes; understanding the Word but the love of this world is more important; hearing, understanding and loving the Word to its fullest.

I don’t know about you, but this is much like my daily walk with God. Morning prayer and Bible study quench my soul and my spirit can breathe as it is no longer being choked by the weeds of sin. I feel ready to take on the world, but as the day progresses, those pesky weeds begin to take root. Many days, if I do not keep myself watered in God’s word, I will begin to believe the voice of the world and I have lost the clear cut border of me “living in the world but not being part of it.” John 17

This summer as you enjoy the beauty that God has given, take time to reflect on the condition of your ‘garden’. It is easy to let the weeds of the world take root, but yank those out! Reseed your heart with God’s word and soak it daily in prayer. Let us all “be like a tree firmly planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and its leaf does not wither. And in whatever he does he prospers.” Psalm 1:3