Do you find it hard to slow down or stop when you’re on a roll and being productive?
I cut the rosebushes back today. The fence looks so plain without the 10-foot runners spreading out from the base and covering the pickets. And one of my oldest rosebushes, going on 40 years, wasn’t quite ready to give up.
In Colorado we’ve already had a couple of snows and we’ve had a hard freeze but this rosebush still had a bloom on it!
It’s hard when you’ve had a productive season to know when to stop to pause for a Rest.
We don’t think of it, but Rest is productive too.
God gave us seasons so we could watch and learn.
The trees, the flowers and the animals all have their rhythmic behavior. A season of birth and productivity, fruitfulness, then rest, hibernation and rebirth form a cycle that repeats. We so often fail to learn the simple lessons God wants to teach us. We don’t want to have our productivity cut short. We don’t want to take time to rest, refuel.
Do the rosebushes understand that the splendor they showed this year was based largely on the rest and the nutrients they drank in over the winter?
Do we understand that we also have a rhythm of pouring out and then needing to be refilled before we pour out again?
Wisdom is all around us. It’s in the beauty of God’s Creation – the skies, the mountains, animals, plants, the trees. Ask God to show you what your rhythms are.
Do you need a time of rest and refilling? Are you ready for rebirth? Is it your time of productivity?
In my backyard, I’m the gardener. I know what’s good for the plants and bushes, and for the most part I can provide fertilizer, water, and the right place for the right plant. They don’t fight me when I say it’s time for pruning, time for fertilizing, or for cutting back to rest for the winter.
In my life, God is the Gardener.
He knows what’s best for me. He places me in the right place at the right time. He provides me with the gifts I need to accomplish what he has planned for me.
He protects and shelters me. He guides me like the trellis provides structure for one of my rosebushes. Why is it then, when it’s time for pruning or cutting back I balk?
Lord help me trust You, my Gardener. When I don’t even know what season I’m in, help me accept Your leading, Your pruning and fertilizing, and even Your cutting back for a Rest.