Last month, I spent a day working in our garden. I knew if I wanted anything to grow, there was work to be done. The soil was hard and barren of anything beautiful. Weeds had corroded the once flourishing garden.
It all looked so hopeless, but I dug in with my shovel, slowly turning the soil. Weeds were pulled and rocks picked out until there was a blank slate of dark dirt before my eyes. Reaching into the basket that was sitting in the grass, I pulled out a bag of little onion sets. Carefully, each set was planted with care and then sprinkled with water.
Today, I look out at my garden and see the onions growing strongly. They are doing exactly what they were made to do- grow. The weeds are regularly pulled and I water the onions on a daily basis.
I planted onions. I did not plant lettuce or watermelon, so I would not expect those things to grow. Every day, I have watered and cared for them. There were intentional steps made to care for these onions as they grow up strong.
Many times, I think about these onions and ask myself what seeds am I planting in my own life? What seeds am I watering to grow?
Are there seeds of bitterness? Anger? Greed? Gossip?
Or are there seeds of forgiveness? Grace? Generosity? Compassion?
Whatever we are planting is exactly what will grow, just like with my onions. As I think about what I am planting in my own life, I think about Hebrews 12:15:
“See to it that no one falls short of the grace of God and that no bitter root grows up to cause trouble and defile many.”
A bitter root grows up and causes trouble, which then spreads to many. Reading this, causes me to cringe because who wants to be known for spreading bitterness? Yet, it can easily slide into any of our lives. In an instant, our feelings are hurt or we are disappointed and the bitterness starts to take root in our lives. It will grow and flourish if we do not take action.
Looking at the seeds of my own life, I want to choose to cultivate those that are going to spread love and grace. Bad things will happen. Struggles come and people hurt our feelings leaving us rejected and wounded, but we all have a choice in those moments. What will we do with those seeds?
Will we water them and encourage them to grow? Will they take root in us, curving their roots around us?
It is hard. Our natural human tendency is to gravitate towards holding onto the hurts with a strong grip. But when we let go and choose to water seeds of forgiveness and grace, we are then able to truly grow as a child of God.
As you think about your own life, ask yourself what seeds you are watering? What is growing in your life? Maybe it is time to take action and start pulling the weeds. It is never too late. My garden that was covered in weeds is now flourishing and growing lovely things. It is constant work to keep the weeds out, but it continues to grow as I cultivate what is good. Just as it was not too late for my garden, it is not too late for you. Take the steps to pull the weeds and water the good.
What will you water today?
Keri Snyder is a blogger at Keri Lynn Snyder where she encourages moms to live with purpose and joy. She is also the author of Why Just Survive When You Can Thrive. She lives in Charleston, SC with her husband and three kids and loves spending time outside.