Advent in my heart and in my garden



The garden is often used as a metaphor for new growth. But it’s also a metaphor for Advent, the season of waiting. 

On Black Friday, I decided to join #OptOutside instead of shopping. My husband and I went for a nice long bike ride, but the day was just too beautiful to go inside. So, I took the opportunity to clear out the dead plants remaining in my garden. With only a little arugula and some carrots left, most of the soil is ready to rest and wait for the spring. 

It’s my Advent Garden.

Now it’s time to clear out some dead stuff in my heart and prepare myself for the spiritual season of Advent. I’m once again making an effort to claim some time in the morning to spend with God. I lay aside the to-do lists and pull out my Advent devotional. I read from Psalm 25:4-5 —

Show me Your ways, O Lord;Teach me Your paths.

Lead me in Your truth and teach me, For You are the God of my salvation;

On You I wait all the day.

Like my garden, my soul is waiting. During Advent, we wait for December 25th to celebrate Christ’s first coming into the world, but we also remember that Christ promised to come again. John 14:1-3 says — 

Jesus’ Parting Words to His Disciples

Do not let your hearts be distressed. You believe in God; believe also in me. There are many dwelling places in my Father’s house. Otherwise, I would have told you, because I am going away to make ready a place for you. And if I go and make ready a place for you, I will come again and take you to be with me, so that where I am you may be too. 

This is really hard for me to get my head around. I like my house here. Why can’t I just stay here? Why do I have to get old? Why do I have to die? Why do my loved ones have to die? Why is there so much hatred and evil here? These are all tough questions that tangle up my faith and sometimes prevent me from producing fruit in my life.

I don’t have the answers to these questions. But I’m comforted by these verses —

Then you will call upon Me and come and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. You will seek Me and find Me when you search for Me with all your heart. I will be found by you,’ declares the LORD. ~ Jeremiah 29:12-14

Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you. ~ James 4:8

Wisdom is the principal thing;Therefore get wisdom.

And in all your getting, get understanding. ~ Proverb 4:7

For the foolishness of God is wiser than man’s wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than man's strength. ~ 1 Corinthians 1:25

For My thoughts are not your thoughts,

Nor are your ways My ways, says the Lord.

For as the heavens are higher than the earth,

So are My ways higher than your ways,

And My thoughts than your thoughts. ~ Isaiah 55:8-9

With this in mind, I sit during my quiet time and simply seek God. I quietly call upon him, with my whole heart! I ask for his wisdom that transcends any wisdom man knows. I pray that I and my loved ones will look for and find truth, which is God. I draw near to God through my daily prayers. I accept that I cannot understand everything. Some day, we will live in a world that is filled with peace and love. There will be no more tears.

I wait, with the expectancy of my garden, that spring will come again, and it will be beautiful!

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