My soul had always thirsted for fresh knowledge and I wanted to live authentically. Grappling with unworthiness, I wanted to know who I was, why I lived, and what God had planned for my life.
I had often asked myself, “Will there ever be a time when I please God enough for him to make plans for me?”
Only after I surrendered my life to God, did I begin to understand that my work, sweat, and tears in my life weren’t what he wanted from me. And although I had accepted the gift of salvation, I believed I must toil for God to keep it. It nearly destroyed my love for him.
Our hearts are the seat of emotions, affections, intellect, and will, and just as God has prepared a place for us, we must respond by preparing a place for him in our hearts. God creates in us a thirst for him. That craving in our hearts depletes us, because we search endlessly for love, acceptance, and contentment, but never find what we are looking for. But God satisfies.
So, let me ask you a question:
How Does Your Garden Grow?
We each have a garden That God designed to grow It’s in our heart—deep within The place where the pulse of life flows When the Father knits us in the womb He makes our garden lush and fertile But as we grow, surrounded by the world It becomes parched, barren, and brittle God gives us the desire to bring it back We long for a watered soul But Satan sows pain and sorrow He dares us not to be whole Satan’s plan is for wasteland To wither and wilt away How can our garden in love exist? When Satan plants every day? Living Water is what we need It will nourish and sustain our days Our garden’s earth will start to soften Refreshed and redeemed, we explore new ways As the Water begins to give new life Within the center of our soul A pool of clarity and purpose gathers An oasis that will forever flow This Living Water comes only from Christ When we seek Him for all our needs It never stops flowing in our heart As it prepares to accept perfect seeds Some seeds are righteousness from truth Planted throughout our garden The Holy Spirit sows the first seed That because of Christ we are pardoned Other seeds are plants of discipline The Holy Spirit prunes and shapes them The flowers give sweet, sweet smells of joy And petals once faded are now precious gems All other seeds find a place With Living Water to nourish and sustain The seeds in our garden grow into Him A garden of purity is our gain Our garden becomes a sacred harvest Other souls reaped from the precious seeds God is the only One who knows To what destiny each harvest will lead
Our hearts are the garden in which our emotions, affections, intellect, and will reside. Tending to the garden of our hearts nourishes it, and affects our behavior. And our response to Jesus’ promised eternal life includes how we behave now. Read more… By observing the world and ourselves as God does—corrupt, evil, and sinful, yet loving it—we find the strength and empowerment to live expectantly, as though Christ’s return is just moments away.
Is your soul thirsting? Have you let God nourish your garden with his Living Water?