July 1, 2020
Bethany Gola - This devotion was written as part of our Bethany EarthKeepers trip to Stearn's woods for clearing out invasive Buckthorn as part of their restoration project. It seems suitable during this time as we have a unique opportunity to reflect on creation and our relationship with the world.
Weeding & Cultivating Sunday
“1I am the true vine, and my Father is the vinegrower. 2He removes every branch in me that bears no fruit. Every branch that bears fruit he prunes to make it bear more fruit. 3You have already been cleansed by the word that I have spoken to you. 4Abide in me as I abide in you. Just as the branch cannot bear fruit by itself unless it abides in the vine, neither can you unless you abide in me.” John 15:1-4
My favorite place to clear my mind is in the garden. There is something about weeding, digging in soil, and planting new that makes me feel connected in a very basic way to creation. Sometimes I feel like I am the vinegrower helping God take care of the creation that has been given to us. Most of the time, though, I feel it’s the earth that heals me. When I feel off balance, I have a sort of spinning feeling like I can’t quite get a handle on anything. It is a good time for me to “get to the dirt.” I can let my thoughts stream in a prayerful conversation to God.
Life gets full of distractions or “invasive species.” Sometimes they look so pretty – but watch out, they can soon take over. What is keeping you from growing? What is sucking up your time and energy? Too much TV? Too many video games? Too much clutter or toys? Over scheduling activities?
How can you better balance your “habitat” so you can be more sustainable in God’s grace? What are you grateful for? How are you blessed? Can you simplify so you can truly be present in those blessings? Can you prune some vines that take away from relationship building time? Can you pray, eat meals together as a family, journal, call a friend, use your bike, plan a family activity? How can you “get grounded?”
Peace be with your heart as you weed and cultivate