Recently I bought this for myself. It simply states “Give It to God and Go Garden.” I love to garden so that is what first caught my attention. Once I took this decor home, I began to think about what does that really mean? And then how do we do that?
Isaiah 41:10 says “So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”
The Bible tells us repeatedly to not fear. As humans, we gravitate towards being scared. Look at the amount of time and money spent on creating and consuming spine-chilling movies, books, and other entertainment. I know I have done my fair share of watching and reading that genre.
Why in the world do we want to be scared?
Part of the reason is that we know it is all make-believe. In the end, the movie is over, we finish the book, and we find our way out of the confusing maze. And we know ahead of time all will be good. So we desire a safe temporary scariness. I think the other part may be that we love the feeling of peace and security when it is over.
You can’t have one without the other, right?
But what about the real fears and worries of life? Our financial problems, serious health issues, the stress of meeting our basic needs of food, shelter, and safety? I believe those are the type of worries that God wants us to give to Him through devoted prayer. So that we stop carrying around that burden.
In the process we need to always depend on God for guidance and wisdom.
Yes, we do need to apply our minds, research solutions, work with our two hands, and do our best in each situation. We cannot just wait around and expect an easy button solution. But when we have done all that we can we need to be patient, pray hard and pray often.
For some of us, that is hard!
Each and every time we get scared about an issue in our lives, God says give it to Him. Even if it is again and again. Why else would He tell us so many times in the Word of God to not fear?
Because fear gives way to worry.
The definition of worry is “a feeling of concern about something bad that might happen that gives way to anxiety or unease; to allow one’s mind to dwell on difficulty or troubles”.
Matthew 6:25-27 “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear… Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life? …”
When we stop worrying and give our cares to God, not only do we have His peace in our souls, but we can relax and focus on something else that we enjoy. If God is not worried, then why should we worry?
And that is the whole purpose of why we are not to worry.
So when the message says “Give it to God and Go Garden” (link to Gardening and the Weeds of Life blog article) that is a reminder to ask for God’s help and stop being scared or fretful. Then take that energy we spent on fear which leads to worry and focus it elsewhere.
Sometimes that may mean doing something constructive like gardening. Something that keeps our hearts and minds busy and engaged. A thing that is maybe a little, or a lot, time-consuming. So we are not wasting our time and we build our faith in Him.
Or sometimes we need a refreshing break if we have been non-stop busy. Read a relaxing book, watch an engaging movie, or spend time with fun family and friends. That is not avoidance. That is opening yourself up to heal and receive from God!
Wouldn’t you rather enjoy a garden of delightful produce and beautiful flowers? Because in the end, what does worrying really accomplish?
Hi, I’m Paula. I love God, family, friends, and encouraging people. I enjoy helping others in the education world from my experience in my job and from when I homeschooled my kids. As a wife, Mom, soon to be Grandma, and the Education and Homeschool Web Merchandiser, I hope my blog articles are helpful to you as we live life together.