"Beautiful gardens begin with the violence of clearing the land." Wow! That's kind of deep. It's also a little frightening when you're thinking about the garden of your life!
Have you ever thought of your life as a beautiful garden? That's the way God sees it. He doesn't see all the messy. He looks past that and sees a garden being made beautiful.
Beautiful gardens though begin with a lot of clearing. It's not an easy work, and some gardens need more clearing than others. Some take longer to clear. Some have more weeds, the ground is rocky. But there is grace! There is rescuing grace for all this messy clearing. For all the plowing up, the turning over, the weed pulling ugliness there is grace. He is creating beautiful gardens with our lives.
“The stinging hurt of grace is at the same time the rescuing help of grace. Beautiful gardens begin with the violence of clearing the land.
Do you ever feel like your story has been a trail of broken pieces? Does it seem like broken pieces of a puzzle that makes no sense? It's entirely possible that God in His faithfulness is removing all the obstacles, the weeds, the stones to create a beautiful garden. Those obstacles that prohibit the progress of making you more like Him have to be plowing up, turning over and pulling like weeds. But there is grace. The broken way IS the best way. It's the only way. But there's grace for the journey.
We should never however confuse grace with Him making our lives comfortable. I love the last sentence of this quote, "The God of all Comfort will lead you into what is uncomfortable in pursuit of what is best.” Grace makes it possible, but it doesn't necessarily make it comfortable, or pleasant.
This garden, this beautiful garden of your story is being written for you. It's being written line by line, paragraph by paragraph, chapter by chapter, for your good and for His glory.
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