Flower Beds

I love the spring time, and getting dirty!  There is nothing more relaxing than digging in a pile of dirt!  I find it fun cleaning up the flower beds from Old Man Winter’s tracks.  Uncovering the new growth that is lurking under all the mess and mulch that was left from the hard winter months is something I find intriguing.  For some reason I find it very fascinating how it parallels to life itself.

Lately, I cleaned out my front flower bed.  It is a job I look forward to every year, because it is the first bed on my property to dry and after a long winter of being covered by the white blanket, I can’t wait to finally get into it again.

I find it very exciting to reveal what is growing underneath all the rubbish, even without any sunlight hitting it.  We can’t see the growth happening, but it is taking place, just from the warming of the earth surrounding it.  Even though it looks dingy and dirty with all the dead growth from the previous year laying lifeless on the ground, without us realizing it, new beginnings are happening and we can’t even see it.

This year when I was cleaning out this bed, I found a maple tree growing in the middle of it.  Do I want a Maple tree growing there?  Absolutely not!  Now I have to dig down and pluck this growth out by the roots.  This wasn’t in my original plans for my flower bed, and hate to kill a tree, but I can’t have a Maple tree growing this close to my home’s foundation either.

How many of us go through the exact same thing with our lives?  We feel like our lives are dark and dingy.  Maybe things pop up, like my Maple tree, which was something we never planned for our lives, or our flower bed.  Life has turned out like nothing we dreamed they would be.  We feel like there is no hope for new life.  We need a change but have no idea where to start.  Maybe we are even scared to scrape off the layer of winter kill, because we don’t know what is lurking under all that dead gunk.

You have to realize that things do pop up in our lives.  We aren’t living in a fairy tale, we are living reality.  When you feel it’s time for a change, you have to make that change.  You have to put the work into your flower bed.  You have to dig in and get dirty, removing all the dead things in your flower bed.  You need to choose what stays in your flower bed and what goes.

It’s your life.  Your flower bed.  Now that it’s Spring, take charge of your flower beds.  Maybe you have to rip everything out of your flower bed and start new.  Maybe just taking off the winter kill will remind you of what a beautiful bunch of flowers you are blessed to already have in your flower bed, but over the long winter months you forgotten how wonderful they were.  Could it be that over time you took your flowers for granted and didn’t put the effort into them that you needed to keep them flourishing and coming back year after year?

Songs of Solomon 2:11-12 says, “For behold, the winter is past; the rain is over and gone. The flowers appear on the earth, the time of singing has come, and the voice of the turtledove is heard in our land.”

Winter HAS passed, and the flowers are appearing on the earth.  Start singing praises for the blessings in your life and start changing what needs to be changed!  Get outside, roll up your sleeves  and start attacking your flower beds of life that need attention.  Nothing in your life is going to change until you make it change.