God's View From My Garden

I have the honor and privilege of being a guest author for an amazing ministry called To Unearth. A huge thanks to Emily at To Unearth for asking me to share my thoughts on how God uses ordinary things to teach extraordinary life lessons. Here is an excerpt from my post!

What Garden Weeds Taught Me About God’s Delight

by Sheryl Aeschliman

The view to my garden was wonderful this year. I didn’t need a garden hose. Not once. Little did I know God was going to use my wet, sloppy attempt at horticulture to speak extraordinary things through just an ordinary, simple garden.

Before I tell you about my garden, I want to give you a bird’s-eye view of our farm. Tucked away in the northwest corner of Ohio, my husband and I farm about 1,200 acres of corn, soybeans and wheat. No farm is complete without animals, and ours is no exception. We raise a whole bunch of really cute holstein calves and golden retriever puppies.

Sound perfect? Can’t you just picture us getting up every morning at 5 am to eggs, bacon and coffee for breakfast? Outside, our chickens lazily peck away at the ground, our calves begin greeting us with a gentle bellowing and our golden retriever escorts us to the barn for feeding time. Meanwhile, the sun rises and all is well with this farm family.

Actually, I’m here to tell you it’s anything but that. What is our day really like? Manure, bad weather and Frosted Flakes with outdated milk. That’s real farm life. We never see 5 am on purpose, and we don’t even own chickens.

Now are you ready to hear about my real garden on a real farm? …

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 My garden taught me a lot about my heart weeds and how God delights in pulling out sin by the roots.

My garden taught me a lot about my heart weeds and how God delights in pulling out sin by the roots.

 I have a heart that is just like my garden. A little bit fancy on the outside and a whole lot of weeds on the inside. It is pleasantly productive and particularly pitiful all at the same time. it is God’s desire to weed out what will prevent me from growing.

I have a heart that is just like my garden. A little bit fancy on the outside and a whole lot of weeds on the inside. It is pleasantly productive and particularly pitiful all at the same time. it is God’s desire to weed out what will prevent me from growing.

 My garden gave me a lot to think about this year. It spoke to me about my lack of diligence, God’s provisions and things beyond my control.

My garden gave me a lot to think about this year. It spoke to me about my lack of diligence, God’s provisions and things beyond my control.

 Yes, it was just an ordinary, simple farm garden, but it was there I learned God loves just the ordinary, authentic me.

Yes, it was just an ordinary, simple farm garden, but it was there I learned God loves just the ordinary, authentic me.

 My flesh and spirit are all painfully jumbled together as I climb upward to the high calling of being in Christ. I am thankful He doesn’t look at my weedy mess and declare my insufficiencies as my identity. I am in Christ, and the sufficiency of His cross is what makes me bear fruit.

My flesh and spirit are all painfully jumbled together as I climb upward to the high calling of being in Christ. I am thankful He doesn’t look at my weedy mess and declare my insufficiencies as my identity. I am in Christ, and the sufficiency of His cross is what makes me bear fruit.