A Garden of Faith

“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” Hebrews 11:1

So many things in life take faith. I love gardening but, like many hobbies, it takes time, money, and space. Planning and planting is hard work. And even doing everything right doesn’t mean your plants will survive or look the way you want them to.

Last year, I spent hours planting and weeding and watering my garden. There weren’t a lot of plants, and it still isn’t what I want it to be yet, but I understood it’s a process. Over the summer, the plants thrived as I cared for them. When I didn’t, they suffered. Toward the end of summer though, because of the location of my garden, my plants began drooping long before they should’ve. My spirits plummeted. I didn’t think all these plants I’d invested so much into would survive. Was there any point? Did I do something wrong?

Just recently, after all the snow and cold snaps of winter and spring has come, I wandered out into my garden to see what the damages might be and how many plants I would have to replace. As I filtered through the piles of dead leaves, there was growth in the garden. Not a plant lost.

There are grateful moments when I see so clearly that God loves me and that He is good. I saw that in my garden.

I had lost faith. I thought my labors were in vain, but God…

No matter what we do or don’t do, God brings the growth. I couldn’t see the life in my garden, but God did. I couldn’t see how the roots were growing deep because I was continuing to do the right thing, but God did. Just like I can’t always see the goodness and life in my circumstances. But God is good, and if I seek Him, He will bring the growth, even when it doesn’t look how I expect. But when we seek God in the winters, there is growth that we won’t see until spring.

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