Rachel Jenae

Pick up a Shovel

This flowerbed has been hard and dry and void of anything much over the last year, besides mint (because let’s face it, mint can grow anywhere). Then one morning while dreaming of how my little backyard could change the world, I saw an herb garden leaving a fragrance long after we had moved on. I saw others delighting in the flavor it brought into their lives, enriching their foods and letting them experience a full range of flavors maybe they’d never ventured to taste before. And it would all be planted with them in mind, all within reach of their back porch!
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But the flowerbed was dead and dry and empty. I’d planned out the rest of my yard, but never once thought about what this bed could be. I didn’t think it could ever be anything more than what I saw on the surface. But then it dawned on me, I’d never invested in this bed. I’d never tilled it up and turned the soil. I’d never added fresh nutrients to enrich it. I discounted it so why would I expect anything different than it’s current state?
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Thus began the tilling. The digging and raking and digging and raking. My muscles are still recovering from that tilling. They still feel the ache of labor. My hands hurt from pulling up deep embedded roots that would not give way easily. But…if you look at it now, healthy and rich, it’s ready for seeding. Ready for planting. I am shocked it could ever look this healthy.
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It was only after that I realized the vision God had given me for this flowerbed was so similar to my own heart. I often settled for what was and quit dreaming of what could be. I started believing that hard, dry places from past pain, regret, rejection, or whatever else dehydrates our hearts, was just the way things would always be. “I can’t grow things there…” type of mentality. But the intentional tilling and laboring over areas of our heart are also like this bed. The time, energy, tears and patience are continuing to enrich and produce soil that can finally receive the seeds God has wanted to grow there for years.
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“Keep vigilant watch over your heart, that’s where life starts.”
‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭4:23‬ ‭MSG‬‬

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