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Come out to my garden with me. Mind the mud, we have had a lot of rain lately.
Today I am aerating around my plants a bit. The rain has packed the soil down considerably.
Aerating is basically puncturing the soil with spikes to break up the compacted soil to help the roots of plants better draw in the water and nutrients they need, as well as to encourage roots to go deeper and spread out, and by doing so making the plant grow even bigger and be more fruitful.
In the book of Acts (15:36-16:5), we are told God allowed the ministry of Paul and Barnabas to be divided. As a result Paul continued ministering with Silas and brought in Timothy. They went one way and the ministry God was using Barnabas in went another, allowing each minister to grow and spread roots in different directions.
Often we get nice and comfy where we are and God breaks things up because He knows we are creatures of comfort. We like to feel settled and cozy where we are.
Moving away from the area I grew up in, leaving my church, all my friends and the ministries I was a part of, to a place more than an hour (and what seems like a world) away has been challenging, but has allowed and encouraged me to grow in the Lord. To rely on Him more fully. To turn to Him in prayer more.
Just some more ponderings from the garden.