Our neighbors Tom and Brenda spend almost every evening and weekend working in their yard.
The labor has paid off. Their lawn is a fantasy.
One area boasts Texas wild flowers grown from seed. Another pathway is lined with diverse and colorful Irises, Cannas, Lilies, Tulips and more that I cannot identify. But Tom and Brenda can.
They know every plant. Tom babies them with water, fertilizer and attention. He pulls weeds and he sadly yanks the plants that do not thrive.
Tom also transplants. He has even put some of his precious flowers that he brought from Indiana in our yard, because they had multiplied so well.
I think he is holding his breath that the plants will survive with us!
At the end of the day, Tom sits on a bench and smiles at the gorgeous yard. He talks about his plans for adding more gardens next year.
God is like that. He knows everyone of us. He carefully babies us, fertilizes us with blessings and even transplants us to dry, colorless places where he knows we can brighten the landscape.
God pulls the weeds among us and even yanks some of us who refuse to grow the way we are supposed to.
If you are feeling unloved or unsure, look around at the beautiful flowers in Tyler. Remember Matthew 7:28-30, where Jesus talks about the lilies of the field. He sums up: “But if God so arrays the grass of the field, which is alive today and tomorrow is thrown into the furnace, will he not much more do so for you?”
I don’t know if God sits on a bench at the end of the day, pleased with how his garden is growing.
I suspect he does have plans for adding more flowers to his kingdom next year.
Picture the loving gardener babying you, coaxing you to grow, watering your soul. The Master Gardener wants you to bloom, thrive and succeed.
Lorri Allen is news director for KYTX CBS19.