Not too long ago, I borrowed a friend’s tiller and spent some time behind it getting my garden ready.
I tilled most of one day, breaking the soil down into smaller and smaller pieces so that the seeds and plants I would later plant would have lots of good soil in which to grow.
After preparing the rows, and planting the plants and sowing the seed, the rains came and the long and short of it is, my garden is not in very good shape, unfortunately.
As I was working in my garden, I begin to think about the garden of our hearts, where we are supposed to plant the seeds of the Word of God to allow them to grow into our lives and shape and change them.
As I worked in the garden, some of the small plants that were growing on the top of the soil got tilled under, and I will not have to deal with them for a while, but they eventually will make their way back to the surface again and I will have to get rid of them. Some of the bigger plants, I immediately rooted up and got rid of them. And I am sure that there will be other plants that pop up from time to time and require some of my attention.
Just like those pesky plants, there is sin in our life that we try and cover up, thinking that we can deal with them later. Then, there are bigger sins we know that we have to get rid of as soon as possible, after we recognize them.
There are also those things, or problems that will arise later that will require some attention from us. Psalm 119, verse 11 says, “I have treasure Your Word in my heart so that I may not sin against You.” (Holman Christian Standard Bible)
If I really want God to work in my life, then I have to hide His Word in my heart, I have to treasure it, just like the plants in the garden. I have to prepare my heart for Him to work, rooting out sin and problems so that His Word has a freedom to grow and work on me.
So, as you think about this in the coming days, see what you need to get rid of in your heart so that the words of Psalm 19:14 (HCSB) “ May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable to You, Lord, my rock and my Redeemer” ring true for you.