I love a good celebration!
We recently just celebrated our 9 year ‘moving house’ anniversary…not sure there is such a thing but it feels like something worth celebrating to me.
9 years ago my husband and I took on a project to renovate and rebuild a new home, a home that we saw our future in and we poured blood, sweat and tears into it.
From the start of the project we thanked God for His provision, we asked Him to bless our home and bless every person who comes through the door. We have loved opening up our home to people over the years and watching our children grow up in it has given us such joy! So I guess that’s just some of the reasons why each year, around this time, we reminisce a little.
A few years ago I made a memory book for my husband chronicling the build and it struck me whilst looking at it recently, just how much the garden has grown over the years…perhaps not surprisingly given how much I’ve developed a love of gardening in recent years.
Since I was little girl, I used to watch my parents working in the garden, and if I’m completely honest I used to think it was the most dull past time imaginable.
“Gardening!! You’ll never catch me gardening!”…the irony doesn’t escape me, that 30 years later, it’s how I choose to pass my time.
Can I be honest? I just love the peace and quiet it affords me! As a mum of 3 it’s not often I manage to accomplish any task without constantly being interrupted yet when I’m gardening, the kids sometimes join me, which I love, but often they go off to play and leave me to my green-fingered activities.
But I also love the sense of accomplishment it gives me. I love to feel I’m doing something useful and it’s so rewarding to see something that once looked messy, overgrown or dead brought back to life.
But I still have so much left to learn and at times I get so frustrated with it too. As soon as I’ve stopped weeding one section, and look back I realise new weeds are beginning to sprout up once again.
And no matter how hard I try, at times I just have to accept that the plant I once loved and cared for has bitten the bullet.
It’s a labour of love…and I can’t help but feel it slightly mimics my walk with God.
When I look back to where my relationship with God began I realise just how much it’s changed and grown over the years.
Yet I still have so much to learn, and the beauty is I can do just that, just one day at a time! It’s how our garden has evolved over the years and it’s how my relationship with God will continue to evolve over the years too.
I seem to be drawn to the agricultural references in the bible at the moment, perhaps God is trying to speak to me in a language I understand, He is good like that after all.
“And don’t allow yourselves to be weary or disheartened in planting good seeds, for the season of reaping the wonderful harvest you’ve planted is coming!” Galatians 6:9 (TPT)
It’s just the encouragement I’ve needed in this season, to realise everything I do, I’m doing it for Him and when we do it for God…it’s all good seed we are planting and from good seed, comes a good harvest.
Written by Jenny Ameobi (Hope City Newcastle) as part of the SHE IS Collective Blog Series