“The Lord thy God in the midst of thee is mighty; he will save, he will rejoice over thee with joy; he will rest in his love, he will joy over thee with singing.” Zephaniah 3:17
It seemed impossible, but I dreaded the coming of spring. Winter had been punctuated with illness and fears. The normal flow of life was interrupted. I felt depleted, and was overwhelmed by the work load spring would bring. I knew our acres of strawberries were about to burst into bloom. A busy harvest season looked extra challenging considering my low energy level. But when spring came in earnest—after a string of cloudy, dreary days and many inches of rain—I was glad, very glad. I dug out the spade and attacked the weeds in a flower bed where bright tulips waved in the warm wind. Birds sang all around me.
As I worked I prayed, asking God to work in the garden of my heart. I prayed He would weed out bad attitudes and sinful, selfish desires. I asked Him to restore to me the joy of His salvation, and take away the discouragement and defeat.
Working in the warm sun and fresh air, I felt my spirit lifted. Before the afternoon had passed I had raised my arms several times heavenward to soak in the warm sunshine and praise my God. I smiled on my tulip bed, weed-free and beautiful, at the end of the day.
And I felt my God smile on me.