Isaiah 51-52 B

I couldn’t get away from this verse:

“For the Lord comforts Zion; he comforts all her waste places and makes her wilderness like Eden, her desert like the garden of the Lord; joy and gladness will be found in her, thanksgiving and the voice of song.” 51:3

Makes her wildness like Eden. I loved that. I picture overgrown grass, thick with weeds and crawling with snakes, bugs and rodents. Unpruned trees, heavy with dying branches, cluttered with dried leafs and draped in moss. Think about how much hard work goes into gardening a place like this. How much time and patience it requires. There’s a lot of work upfront, to pull out the unwanted growth, to cut back the troublesome plants. Like this, the Lord gardens our souls. 

This year, I’m slowly trying to turn our backyard around. We moved into a new house last year and both yards have been fairly neglected. The soil is hard, red clay, crowded with stones. The grass is thin, mostly weeds, and a host to jumping spiders. Thorny weeds coil around the branches of my hydrangea bushes and meek tomato plants. There have been a few days I roll up my sleeves (actually I’m in a tank top, the south is SO HOT IN JULY) and put in a few hours in the yard. It barely makes a difference! I’m an amateur and I need a lot of help. I need a till for the soil, for goodness’s sake. I need a sprinkler! (And a better shovel, but enough about my wish list.)

Maybe this is what your heart feels like some days. You are overwhelmed by the work load in front of you and don’t feel like you have what you need to get started. Remember, Jesus has what we need to cultivate joy and gladness in our hearts. 

Your sins are not too much for him. You are not too broken to be fixed. You are not too distant or too unloveable.

 

-Carly

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