We used to live in a lovely home in Southern California with a heated pool and gorgeous views of the hills. Along the back fence, green grape vines coiled. Jasmine scented the air in the evening. An orange tree produced some of the sweetest oranges you’ve ever tasted. Beyond the patio and pool, on a steep slope, grew lemon trees, apple trees, and two young peach trees.
Each day I dutifully went out to tend this lovely, productive garden.
I planted strawberry plants in one bed and sprinkled slug pellets to keep the nasties away from my succulent berries. I pruned the bougainvillia so its sharp spikes didn’t spear us as we passed through the gate to the front yard.
Oh, how I loved my garden.
Then Bruce made a job change and we sold that home and moved to Colorado.
A couple of years later, when we visited Southern California, I decided to see how the old “homestead” was doing. What I saw shocked and disappointed me.
The new owners had removed all the fruit trees and planted the ubiquitous —and boring—palm trees. They’d even removed my precious grape vines. And, in place of the lovely shade tree in the front yard (did I mention how hot it gets in Southern California in the summer?) they’d planted another palm tree.
My son turned to me and said, “Just remember, it’s their house now.”
Good point. The house belonged to someone else and they can do with it as they see fit.
A good point to remember, also, when I’m tempted to complain to the Lord about my own life, my inferior body, the direction I wish He’d allow me to go, but doesn’t…yet.
I have to remember that I surrendered control of my life long ago. I placed my faith in Jesus Christ and handed over ownership to Him. Now He’s the owner of me.
He can do with me as He sees fit. I’m the house He dwells in and He’s the Lord of this—ahem—”castle.”
I can trust him to take care of His property…and do it with sovereign excellence!
“You are not your own. You were bought at a price.” (1st Cor. 6:19,20 NIV Bible)