The Neglected Garden
I had a goal for the Jeremiah Garden to be ready for planting when sessions started in mid-September. But life interfered.
There were things to do, schedules to be put together, lessons to be written, rooms to organize and people to train; not to mention that it was very hot to be working in the sun. I had good intentions, and I was even excited about the prospect of kids having fun digging in the dirt and carefully tending their own little garden, reaping a harvest eventually. But lack of time and the tyranny of the urgent kept me from investing the time and energy that would have the garden ready in time. Of course, not all is lost. I will get the work done bit by bit, and others will help, and the garden will become a sanctuary and place of wonder for the children in the program. But it could have happened sooner with better planning and time management.
The same is so often true of my spiritual life. I have the best of intentions to prioritize my walk with the Lord. I’ll get up a little early to really have some quiet, focused time with him. Or maybe it’ll happen right after dinner before I get involved in something else. But again, lack of time and the tyranny of the urgent take their toll. It’s not that I’m not excited about my time with the Lord, or that I don’t think I need it. I am and I do. But as distractions come along, priorities get twisted and I forget to keep my eyes on eternity; the temporal is so very visible and loud. Jesus says that my life shows where my true priorities are:
“For where your treasure is, there your heart will also be.” -Matthew 6:21
If I truly treasure my relationship with God above my job, my family, my clean house, then my actions will show it. Now I don’t really believe I value my clean home above my relationship with God, but then again, maybe I’ve been deceived. Because we are so easily deceived. We think we live according to the word, but when we look closer, we realize we missed the mark. As James says,
“Be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.” -James 1:22
Most of us wouldn’t intentionally neglect our relationship with the Lord; we want to grow in Him and know Him more. But the deceiver of the whole world, satan has convinced us of the importance of the earthly, temporary things and blinded us to the value of the eternal.
“But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” (Matt. 6:33)
When our top priority stays our top priority, everything else falls into place where it should, and the fruit of the Spirit will abound in our lives.
Fruit will abound in the Jeremiah Garden as well, but that will be because we have kept first things first at CVYR. The gospel being poured into the lives of the children we serve, and their families, will most certainly bring a harvest of righteousness for God’s kingdom.
“As we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal.” 2 Corinthians 4:18