It’s spring – one of my favorite times of the year. I never really understood all the hoopla surrounding spring when I lived in Los Angeles because one season blends into the next, but one of the criteria for me when I moved across the country was to experience all four seasons. I have definitely experienced them, and now I understand the excitement surrounding spring!
I never stop being amazed and humbled by nature. God is surely in the details, and for me, reverence and humility have come with seasons. Spring is glorious after a winter that included a major ice storm; admittedly a totally new experience for me.
A couple of days ago, I was outside gardening and I began thinking about how my life is very much like my garden. I’m fascinated watching the tiny little green leaves and buds that begin to show themselves after the dead of winter when the landscape is completely barren. As I sat there in the dirt looking around at all the new buds and witnessing the ever-so-small first sprouts of the peonies…I stopped and took time to reflect.
Moving through changes in our lives is challenging and often downright difficult because we want it all to happen in an instant. We make a decision to change something that no longer serves us and we forget that we have some major un-programming to do before the change becomes part of our daily lives. We grow impatient and then…
We stop, because things just aren’t happening fast enough. Not to mention that we are all too familiar with the chatter in our brain that shows up any time – every time we decide to grow. Growing takes patience and a commitment to keep moving forward even when we feel like we can’t or shouldn’t or better yet…when the chatter and our friends and family tell us not to, but a Lionhearted Woman knows that her path and life matter more than the chatter and the negative talk.
Think of your life like your garden. Every now and then you absolutely must be sure to do some cleaning in your garden or you’ll surely end up with weeds. Our lives need cleaning and clearing, too.
So what is it in your life – your garden, that needs cleaning? What needs nurturing? What needs to go?
I want to encourage you to reflect on what needs your labor and attention in your personal life right now. What weeds do you need to clear out?
When we clear out our physical garden, do you not then wait patiently for your labors to produce a flower or vegetable? And do you wait patiently for that first bloom on the rose bush? Of course you do!
We don’t give up on the rose bush. We keep tending it a little bit at a time and when it finally bursts through, we admire it for it’s natural radiance and beauty. You’re no different than the rose.
Whatever you’re moving through right now needs your attention…your patience…your intention…your gentle touch and the absolute total belief that you are worthy of shining brilliantly. The chatter is just that – chatter. Your impatience is your anticipation of all that is yet to be. Remember the little girl who believed it was all possible? She didn’t know how to be patient so her mother taught her.
Teach yourself once again to be patient.
Right now take a minute and write out your challenge. Then find a picture of your favorite flower or garden and paste your challenge onto the garden picture. It will serve as a reminder that no garden has ever grown or survived without some cleaning and clearing…without patience and the total belief that at the end of your efforts, your garden will grow. It may not be exactly the way you imagine it, but grow it will – because it must.
Never forget that you’re on the road to becoming a Lionhearted Woman and that in and of itself is cause for doing some clearing and cleaning.
How will you be cleaning your garden? Leave a comment below.
“A garden requires patient labor and attention. Plants do not grow merely to satisfy ambitions or to fulfill good intentions. They thrive because someone expended effort on them.”
-Liberty Hyde Bailey