It’s always interesting to me the way the Lord sometimes chooses to teach us something.
Today I was outside and I kept feeling as though I was supposed to go harvest some of the sage that’s been growing in the herb garden. I’ve noticed over the last several days that it looked like it needed to be harvested soon but I kept putting it off as I didn’t feel like messing with it at the time.
I actually didn’t feel like messing with it today but knew the Lord was nudging me to do so and I would be disobedient to Him if I didn’t go out there and get it done, so off I went.
I checked on some of the other plants while I was there, removing some flower buds I saw coming in. I hadn’t been tending to the plants as much lately in this Texas heat and the whole thing could use some maintenance.
I checked on the sage and saw that it wasn’t trying to produce blooms yet and I thought about putting off harvesting any of it at all until another day. I started to walk away and felt the Lord nudge me again to go do it.
So I started to cut. I asked Him first to help me cut in the right places. At one point I got a little fed up with how much there was to cut and cut off a handful of stems. I then thought to myself, “What’s the point in asking the Lord to show me how much to cut if I’m not going to allow Him to do so?” So I went back to cutting each individual stem – at least the ones that He told me to.
On my way inside I was thinking of drying it all out but felt suddenly to give some of it to the rabbits – at least one in particular. At first I thought, “Should I give all of this to the rabbits?” But that didn’t feel right so I gave some to the one that came to mind and then headed inside to start rinsing the rest.
While I was standing over the sink over the pile of sage I started to pick up one stem at a time to inspect them. I thought to myself how much of a pain it was that I had cut some of them by the handfuls as this made it more difficult to separate the individual stems to rinse and inspect them (lesson learned).
I asked the Lord to tell me and show me which leaves needed to go, as some of them were yellowing, some had burnt marks, and other were slightly eaten by bugs. Most of the ones I pulled off were from the bottom and some of them I removed so much there was barely anything left on the stem.
As I stood, listening to which He said needed to go and which were okay, I began to compare this process to our lives. Little by little the ‘bad’ needs to be taken away until all that is left is what’s fit for use. Some of the time there might be so much to remove that it seems there is barely anything left of what was originally there – but what is left is healthy and fit for use.
As I continued I started to be able to see which leaves needed to go and what was okay based on what I had been shown and told. I still asked after I had finished each stem if all the leftover ones were okay and He told me if I missed any. Some of them looked completely fine until I looked at them even closer.
That’s the same way it is in our own lives with the Lord. Little by little, the more we seek the Lord the more he removes from our lives that is unprofitable both for Him and for us. Those leaves that were removed weren’t doing anything but draining nutrients from the plant.
How true is that in our own lives when the cares of this world start to drain the good nutrients right out of us!
Some of us might have leaves that have large chunks out of them and have been damaged, some might have started to wither and become wilted and discolored, and others might have been scorched by the heat. Can you apply any of that in your life?
Some of them, even with experience, can be harder to see until we’re told to take a closer look. How true that is in each of our lives.
Lord, please help us in trusting in you and help us seek you daily. Please continue to remove all that is unprofitable for You and us in our lives. Please help us to trust you in this process, leading us by the hand and showing us what should and shouldn’t go. Open our eyes, Lord, to what YOU see in your lives.
In the name of Jesus we ask this.