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The Master Gardener and You

The Master Gardener and You

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by Aya Fubara Eneli, MA., JD

I love gardening. I really do. I don’t garden as much as I used to as a kid. But, when I get out there with the dirt and the plants and the manual labor, I get insights into my own life that just blow me away.

As far back as I can remember, gardening has always been therapeutic and energizing for me. It is like my secret place to meet with God and to hear him without all the usual distractions. In my garden, time always stands still I particularly recall a spring morning last year. I had promised my kids that I would get the garden ready for us to plant vegetables that weekend. However, I had neglected that garden since my harvest the year before, and it was now overgrown with grass. Although the rest of the grass around my home was still recovering from the winter, the grass that had made its way into my vegetable garden was green and thick and thriving from the rich nutrients in the soil.

It took over 2 hours of hard labor for me to dig up all the grass and weeds and clean out the garden. I felt every muscle in my body working…working hard. When I had cleared everything out and spread out the beautiful compost, I stood back to admire my handiwork.

It was then I heard God saying loud and clear, “Aya, what are the parallels between your life and this garden?” I imagined that if that soil had a voice, it would have loudly protested all the digging and scrapping and raking it had just endured. I can hear it saying, “What’s wrong with the grass? There’s grass over there and I don’t see you bothering it. I actually see you watering it and filling in the bare holes. Why are you doing this to me?”

My take away from that encounter is that there may be areas in our lives where God is trying to do a new and better thing and prepare us for the greatness we are designed for. However, there have to be changes that occur first in each of us in order to maximize our potential. There will be things you may believe are beneficial for you that will have to be removed. Maybe it’s a relationship, an experience that still haunts you, a bad habit or even your current source of livelihood. It may not make sense to you, but like the soil, you are best served when you submit to what God is doing.

I asked God to show me what He wanted out of my life. What was I feeding even like the soil fed the grass? He showed me my pride. He showed me my lack of trust in Him in certain areas of my life. He showed me the areas where I am undisciplined. A voice arose in my head, “This isn’t fair. I try so hard to be a good person and a good Christian.” And God reminded me of the soil. The soil can do nothing in and of itself. God made the soil. God made the seed. God alone causes the seed to grow. God produces the increase. There is precious little I can accomplish in my power alone, but a whole lot more that is accomplished when I am obedient to God.

I looked over my beautiful garden that was now ready to receive the vegetable seeds and produce a great harvest. The Real Gardener sighed as I struggled with my decision. I like having my own way. I like thinking I am in charge, but at some point in life, I must be willing to let the Real Gardner bring out the best in me. Aloud, I heard myself say, “I submit, Lord. I submit. You are the master gardener and you are preparing me to produce a great harvest. I submit.” How about you?

Aya Fubara Eneli is a best-selling author, Christian Life Coach, Inspirational Speaker and Attorney. Her life’s purpose is to empower and equip people to live up to their highest potential. She welcomes your questions and comments. For more information, visit www.ayaeneli.com, follow her on twitter @ayaeneli or e-mail her at info@ayaeneli.com.

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