Untilled Soil Is Not Fertile Ground The gardens of our hearts are much like those gardens in our backyards. In order for the garden to bring forth its bounty, there are activities that must occur. Should any of the necessary tasks being missed or skipped, then the garden's offerings aren't nearly what they could be. The first step in garden preparation is getting the soil ready for planting. Let's think about this for a minute. You have determined where you're going to plant your garden, just as Our Father has determined that our hearts are where He buries the treasure of His Word. So, the ground where you've decided to plant must undergo some "readying" before you can drop your precious seeds. I imagine that unbroken ground, prior to tilling, is quite dense and packed. You begin the process of breaking up the ground. Known as "tilling the soil", this process creates an environment within the soil where water is more easily absorbed and where plant root systems take hold more easily. But let me tell you, tilling is hard work! Much like the experience of a difficult trial in our life, wouldn't you say? 1 Peter 1:6-7, "In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while, if need be, you have been grieved by various trials, 7 that the genuineness of your faith, being much more precious than gold that perishes, though it is tested by fire, may be found to praise, honor, and glory at the revelation of Jesus Christ," Yet, without the tilling of its soil, the garden isn't going to produce amazing blooms or plentiful veggies. And without the trials of this life, our hearts' gardens aren't going to be able to produce much fruit as we labor in God's service. The trial-tilled heart has a softer bed in which the seeds of God's Word can more easily grow and take root. YSIC, Virginia
I suspect tilling can bring about physical pain, too :)
And once the garden is planted, it needs water, sun, dirt and . . . uh, fertilizer! to help it grow. May we view the fertilizer in our life as something necessary and desireable.
Just an aside here. I have had big vegetable gardens for twenty years. I have had good years and horrible years. I have planted and watered and the increase was food for insects. I have been busy and hardly touched the garden and it filled our freezers with beans and corn for years.
This year I saw something I have never seen. We had green beans that flowered and produced no beans. We had corn that tasseled and produced no ears. We had squash plants with huge flowers and that produced no squash. Something was missing and that was the bees to pollinate the plants to produce fruit.
We do all we can by tilling, planting, weeding and watering but we still need help to ever see the garden grow. Some things are just out of our control like pollinating.
I think our walk with God is like this in that we do the best we can but it takes others and ultimately God to provide the increase.
Thanks for the great analogy.