By: Mandy Hill
A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance. (Ecclesiastes 3:4)
Imagine a beautiful garden.
In my minds eye I picture a beautiful cream coloured cement deck overlooking a large body of water that spans as far as the eyes can see. All around me are beautiful bunches of luscious red and pink roses. The sun warms my face as a soft breeze wisps my hair around ever so gently. I almost need to squint when I look out at the water because the sun bounces off so radiantly. It’s beauty at its finest.
Out of the corner of my eye I notice a flower garden with a vacant spot. A space that is void of the beautiful roses I see all around me…..a space that is just soil. It almost seems to be out of place; a distraction from the magnificence of its surroundings.
Do you ever feel like that mound of soil? All around you are beautiful roses (successful business women, really awesome ‘got-it-all-together’ moms, amazing wives) and you just feel like dirt…. Like you never could compare to their greatness? You feel like you give your roles as wife, mom, friend, etc your best and yet you still feel like everyone else is ahead…
Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. (Galatians 6:9)
Sometimes our God sets us on a journey of growth. That doesn’t mean that we are destined to be dirt until the end of eternity; it just means that this ‘time’ is for growing. Sometimes situations we face make us feel like we are buried underneath the dirt…..but I truly believe that if we give God the reigns, He will give us deep roots in Him and in His timing we will see the beauty of the harvest.
Sister, don’t waste your time looking at this one or that one comparing your lack-of to her abundance. Look up, thank God for the very place He has you in this moment and allow him to rain down His goodness on you, filling up your soul with His love and beauty. Don’t worry about how long it will take to get to the harvest, instead enjoy all he has for you during this time of growth.
Don’t become tired or weary in giving your best my friend, your beauty awaits.
Jesus, thank you. Thank you that there is a time for everything under heaven. Thank you that we know that even though there is a time for sadness, you promise there is also a time for happiness. Thank you God that there is not only a time for growth, but also a time for harvest! Jesus, thank you for the promise that we don’t have to camp out in the dirt forever….but that you are gently growing us into beautiful people; people in your likeness. Jesus, I pray for my sister who is feeling like dirt. I pray that you will remind her that you have great plans for her life, that beauty awaits, that there is a bright future for her. I pray that you will encourage my sister today with these promises; lift her spirit up. Please, let her not be discouraged by this time of growth….instead give her strength to embrace it; allowing you to consume every fibre of her soul. I pray this in your holy name, amen.