Simon Peter, a servant and apostle of Jesus Christ,
To those who through the righteousness of our God and Savior Jesus Christ have received a faith as precious as ours:
The home that we have recently purchased was neglected for a time and then abandoned for a couple of years. Undesirable plants grew and multiplied until the lower portion of the house and surrounding flower gardens were unrecognizable. Reclaiming these gardens has been a slow, tedious and backbreaking process. In order to discover and save the flowers that were hidden I have had to slowly pull away and examine each little portion. Once I found what was plant and what was weed I had to dig down to get the roots of the weeds. Those roots made intricate and multiple highways underground; no small task to excavate them entirely. Along with untangling the jungle I have also had to contend with multiple types of creepy crawling things and these little black ants that when they bite, one definitely notices…..OUCH!
This is the same flower bed from the first picture after hours of work. It is not completed but so much better than before. The plants you see in the picture were buried by all of the overgrowth. The beautiful limestone foundation of the house is now visible too. “To those who through the righteousness of our God and Savior Jesus Christ have received a faith as precious as ours” comes alive to me through the work of this garden. What a tangled mess my life would be without the care of the Master Gardener. Through the sacrifice on the cross Jesus kneels down in the garden of my life and slowly removes the destructive weeds to reveal those things in my life that are beautiful flowers. The Lord tills the soil to remove the roots of my sin and carefully keeps intact and gives nourishment to the roots of the gifts that He has placed in me. With the weeds gone I see that Jesus is my foundation. Just as the garden at my home is a work in progress so too is the garden of my life. I need to continue to give Jesus the access needed to cultivate, prune, fertilize and nurture.
There was one more discovery while bringing the garden back to life. Hidden among all of the weeds and debris was this stone.
On the outside it is an ugly, boring rock. But when the exterior is removed, look at the gorgeous quartz inside! I think you have already figured where I am going with this.