After a winter in which our area of Texas suffered one of the worst winter freezes we’ve ever known, I was ready for new life after the freeze that destroyed so much. That is one of the reasons I was elated to see my azalea bushes sprout new buds and blossom the other week. Not all was lost. There was hope. Although the freeze took much, it hadn’t taken all.
As I went through the process of removing dead leaves and plants, I remained hopeful something would survive. It might take a long time to repair the damage, but it would grow. It might not be as it was, but it would live.
While I removed the damage the deadly freeze caused, I thought of areas in my life that suffer from deadly freezes: broken relationships, misplaced trust, hardened hearts, illness, death of loved ones, disappointments, disobedience to what I know God requires … Fill in your own deadly freeze.
I thought about the sometime painful, yet necessary process we go through when the Divine Gardner takes us in his hands, removes the dead leaves of our life, and cuts us back so new growth can bloom after whatever freeze hit us.
In his loving hands we have renewed hope. We realize though the freeze damage was significant, it wasn’t fatal. We know that although it might be difficult to see now, there is assurance new life will come forth under God’s watchful care.
God is the warm sunshine in our souls that restores and refreshes.
He is the one able to remove the dead leaves that are killed by the freezes of our life.
He is the one who prepares the way for new growth to sprout and prosper once we yield to his care.
Although the freezes in our lives may have taken much, they haven’t taken all when we give them over to the Divine Gardner’s care.
I wish you well.
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