Rachel set up strings for the rows and her planting followed the rows laid out as planned. Next, our daughter contacted a farm that was giving away alpaca manure for free. This alpaca farm had more manure than fields to spread it on, so we got two trailer and pickup loads which are now distributed on our very sandy soil. Our moist spring has the garden popping up and Rachel is out there every day after work tending her garden.
Our garden is growing well because of the care and attention it is receiving. Our spiritual lives blossom when we give focused attention or it gets overrun with weeds when neglected. God has measured your life and has plans for every area of your life. He works the soil of your life by allowing challenges and adversity to break up the clods in our lives. Another way is when God removes stones and hardness, freeing your life from obstacles. God’s love that He freely gives makes your spiritual soil rich and productive. He delights in the growth He sees in you every day.
“I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. 2 He cuts off every branch in Me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful. 3 You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you. 4 Remain in Me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in Me.
5 “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in Me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from Me you can do nothing.
How well does your spiritual garden grow?