Beauty, Purpose, Gardens

I asked God to give purpose and beauty to my life.

But gardens aren’t beautiful until they’ve felt the rain. Until they’ve lived under the storm clouds for a while.

And gardens grow weeds. A term tossed around so negatively but one containing much more than we might originally think.

Weeds are viewed as annoying conquerors—pesky things that overtake the beauty of our gardens.

But what if I reminded you that some of the most beautiful flowers can be considered weeds? Dandelions, forget-me-nots, daisies—yes, even these.

Because the term “weed” is not the definition of the flower but the definition of the location in which it’s growing.

Yes, gardens grow weeds. They multiply and they overtake the beauty one had intended to be there. But over and over again, I am reminded that God loved the weeds so much that He decided to make flowers out of them.

He has a tendency to take the ugly and make it beautiful.

And the rain comes. Some days it sprinkles and others it pours. But I am reminded by the flowers that what we think is drowning us is actually breathing life into us.

I am reminded to be thankful for the rainy seasons. I am reminded that the sun shines on the other side. I am reminded that the only possible outcome of the rain is to grow and eventually bloom.

In each season, He meets us where we are. He holds us during the storm and He makes beauty out of the weeds.

Yes, I asked God to give purpose and beauty to my life. And He showed me the beauty in the growing season. The beauty in the “not knowing” season. The beauty in the waiting.

The beauty in who He is.

Because no matter the circumstances, He is still good.

So, I’ll take a step into the rain. Let it remind me that not all gloomy days are bad.

Verses:

“For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven and do not return there but water the earth, making it bring forth and sprout, giving seed to the sower and bread to the eater, so shall my word be that goes out from my mouth; it shall not return to me empty, but it shall accomplish that which I purpose, and shall succeed in the things for which I sent it.” – Isaiah 55:10-11, ESV

“The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance.” – 2 Peter 3:9, ESV

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