A few summers ago, I tried my gardening hand at tomatoes for the very first time. I was pushed into it by my tomato-loving daughters who wanted to grow their own food. Loving mom that I am, I trekked to the store and returned home with soil, two tiny plantlings, and some plant food.
Through the summer months, my tomato plants grew full with abundant leaves. You couldn’t see any space between the branches, just all green and all beautiful. I was pretty proud of my gardening prowess.
But my mother-in-law showed me that some leaves weren’t producing any fruit. They just looked beautiful and diverted nutrients from the shoots that actually had baby tomatoes on them. So, she encouraged me to trim the plant.
This was hard. And sad. I sucked in my breath one day and finally started snipping away with my scissors. The leaves fell to the ground. My tomato plant that was once so full and beautiful now looked spindly and bare.
Yet, just as promised, within a week or two it grew bigger and more green. More flowers appeared to produce fruit.
Drastic measures that seemed so harmful at the time produced a greater harvest.
When I read through the Lord’s Prayer, it strikes me that we are petitioning God for some drastic measures at times. Do we really mean it?
When we pray, “Hallowed be Thy name,” are we willing to let God trim away the dead, the diseased, the unfruitful, and the wasteful so that He can really be holy in our lives?
“Thy will be done.” Are we ready for His will to be done–regardless of our desires or expectations?
Max Lucado wrote, “The phrase is a petition, not a proclamation. A request, not an announcement. Hallowed be your name. Do whatever it takes to be holy in my life. Take your rightful place on the throne. Exalt yourself …. You be Lord, and I’ll be quiet.”
We can look beautiful and full, untrimmed by God, allowed to grow as we see fit.
Yet, if we let God cut and prune, painful as it is, as harmful as it first appears, the end result is His holiness, His glory, His lordship in our lives.
More Devotions From My Garden:
- Breaking Ground
- Tomato Plant Prayers
- May the God of Hope
- The Storms May Come
- Soil Samples
- Peppermint In The Spring
- Be An Original
- Underneath the Dirt
Heather King is a wife, mom, Bible Study teacher, writer for www.myfrienddebbie.com and worship leader. Most importantly, she is a Christ follower with a desire to help others apply the Bible to everyday life with all its mess, noise, and busyness. To read more devotionals by Heather King, click here.
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