It all started with this simple, silly picture.
This, my friends, is a picture of a carrot. More specifically, the kind of carrot I grow in my garden. It is almost as wide as it is long, and if you look closely, you will see that at the bottom, it tried to grow some additional carrot pieces. Like little thumbs protruding from its already abnormal abdomen.
Frustrated with my weird carrots, I posted this picture to my Facebook page, asking my gardening friends for advice. Because, although I'm pretty good at cooking carrots, growing them is still new to me.
This is how my post read: "Gardening pros: why do my carrots look like this? It's like they spend their energy growing out instead of down. Sometimes they have multiple appendages."
One of my Facebook friends, Emily, suggested that my question sounded like a good topic for a blog post. So you know I couldn't resist, and I've been thinking about it all day. (P.S. Emily is the wife of my high school boyfriend. Isn't God cool?!)
What's more is that the helpful answers I received were even more spiritually thought provoking than my post. Here are some of the answers:
"The ground is too hard and they can't dig down."
"Mine have done that when I didn't till deep enough."
"I'd say the ground is too hard."
Isn't this interesting?
This poor little carrot is an example of what happens when we focus on the wrong things.
I can be guilty of this. I direct my time and energy toward things that are temporary. I worry about trivial things that really won't even be a thought tomorrow. As moms, we often worry over the little details of our kids lives without seeing the eternal perspective. I mean, how much do we worry over potty training? Over giving up a pacifier or blankie? Over who their first grade teacher is? When really, are any of these issues worth our extreme exhaustion and worry?
Sometimes, we have the misplaced energy of a struggling carrot.
Here's what our energy should be directed at:
"Let your roots grow down into Him, and let your lives be built on Him. Then your faith will grow strong in the truth you were taught, and you will overflow with thankfulness" (Colossians 2: 7).
Matthew 6:33 gives us further instruction. "Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and He will give you everything you need."
When we focus on God and His truth, we gain new perspective about Him, ourselves, and the world around us. This perspective is necessary if we want to grow in maturity and be a light to those around us.
This is all good, but there is sometimes an obstacle to our growth, just like there was an obstacle to my carrot seeds. Our hearts cannot be too hard. We must constantly check in with God and allow the Holy Spirit to soften us. What does that look like? Sometimes it is convicting. Ouch. Sometimes it is teaching, Sometimes it is gaining knowledge. But we must keep in touch with Him. We must allow Him to do some tilling, if needed.
It's not always fun, but it is for the best. If I would have tilled my garden more effectively, my little carrot could have grown in the right way, the way that God wished for it to grow.
"Let your roots grow down into Him...Then your faith will grow strong..."
Hi, I'm Kristen! Just a girl who loves all things Jesus, family, music and food!
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