I have been busy over the past month or so preparing the soil on my new raised beds for growing soft fruits. It has been a lot of work, hard work, unseen work, but the work put in now will far outweigh the future benefits and a full crop of fruits!
So what preparation have I done?
Well I have filled by raised beds with a mixture of soil, compost, sand and seaweed. I have layered them. I have turned them over, mixed them in, dug out the stones and put in lots of good nutrients to give the plants the best chance there is to put down good roots to withstand times of drought or flood and to produce a bountiful harvest!
As I was working, toiling away at this I was ofcourse thinking of the similarities in the spiritual life. How we need to prepare our soil so that we can withstand the day of trouble and bear good fruit for the Lord.
TURN OVER the soil of our hearts that is to get rid of the rocks of unbelief and the stones of doubt. When you turn the soil over, rocks & stones rise to the surface and you can throw them out, get rid of them, don’t give them a place in your heart.
DIG IN the good things which will help feed us, like Bible reading, prayer, holiness, study of scripture, reading & hearing the word of God.
LAYER UP with the disciplines of Thankfulness, Repentance, Remembrance, Intercession, Meditation, Fellowship.
SOW in seeds of love, kindness, patience, faithfulness, steadfastness.
GROW deep roots when planted and watered by the Word of God and Prayer
HARVEST right living with God, bearing fruit for Him, giving glory to Him.
All the preparation leads to us THRIVING and this has been my ‘Word’ for the year, but in order to thrive in the drought, in the frost, in the downpours, in the dead of winter, in order for all that we have to put the work in now. We have to prepare, dig in deep to God’s Word, bring His promises to remembrance, keep short accounts with Him, and in all things have a thankful heart.
The work now will keep us when troubles come, when faith is tested, when circumstances are hard, when we would waver and fall. Then our roots in Jesus will keep us firm, the layering of disciplines will keep our walk straight and through it all we will thrive and bear fruit for the Lord.
They will have no fear of bad news; their hearts are steadfast, trusting in the LORD. [Ps 112:7].