Weekend Thought

Gardening is a relaxing pastime for most of us. Pottering about among the flowers is a good way to get your mind off the everyday problems that beset us all.

Weeding and digging can take a little more effort, but the results are always worth it.

But a good gardener knows that work has to be done to keep it that way.

Dead-heading and pruning are absolutely necessary for the well- being of the plants. A caring gardener will always do this.

We say “dead heads” but actually this is what the plant has been striving for, to produce seed. Then it loses them. What it worked for has gone.

Life can be like this. Working hard for some goal, maybe a better job, or something desired in your life for a long time, then tragedy strikes and it has gone and we say: “Why does God allow this?”

Now think about pruning. A newly-pruned rose looks bare, with branches and even flowers lying on the ground around it. It looks as if every good and beautiful part has been destroyed, but this is for the good of the plant.

The gardener knows exactly when and where to cut for the plant to flourish again. Without these cuts, the plant will not realising its full potential.

God is like a loving gardener with us. We need to have faith in him and love him, and have faith in his son, Jesus Christ, who he sent to be our saviour. He will tenderly care for us.

Sometimes, that means that the thing we thought we desperately needed is removed. But God never makes mistakes.

He loves us so much and wants what is best in our lives.