““Oh, what joy for those whose disobedience is forgiven, whose sins are put out of sight. Yes, what joy for those whose record the Lord has cleared of sin.””
See the flowers in this photo?
The blue ones, the tall spikes to the right.
Those are delphiniums.
I have a rather love/hate relationship with them.
First of all, they are huge. Huge! All that plant growth needs to be trimmed back after frost or it looks terrible and smothers the new spring growth. If I don’t cut them back in the fall, there they are in the spring, waiting for a buzz cut.
Since I have at least forty of them, that means a good day of cutting and hauling away debris.
They are huge!
(Did I mention that already?)
Ok. They are huge. When they are in full bloom, they get heavy. Heavier when rain-soaked.
Heavy things tend to fall over.
So there I go, tying them to the fence before they are in full bloom in the hopes that a midsummer storm won’t blow them over.
Success eludes me most years.
And the work is not over yet.
When they finish blooming, they need to be trimmed. I need a full afternoon to cut the flower spikes off and dispose of them, or they will go to seed. And I have enough to do in my large garden space without adding another weeding job into the mix.
Why even bother, you wonder?
I’m glad you asked.
They are just so pretty.
I mean, look at them!
They attract hummingbirds and bees. They provide height and texture in the garden. It’s hard to find true blue flowers that actually grow in this area.
So on I go with my disposal service.
And I’m reminded of the job God has of cleaning up my nasty habits.
(A regular full time disposal service in action, that.)
Except that He did all His cleanup long ago, on the cross. But I still get to participate in that ongoing cleanup process – my part is to confess, to admit my failure, and bring my heart to Him for forgiveness.
He trims and snips and hauls away the trash.
Sometimes I wonder why He even bothers.
Yet my obedience and repentance brings Him pleasure somehow. And the process of tidying me up also brings Him joy and glory.
I can bloom and enjoy the remarkable and miraculous benefits of this disposal service. My sin is put out of sight, covered by grace. Mercy disposes of it, clearing the way for good growth. My nasty habits are atoned for.
And I am clothed in His beauty and purity, taking my place in His global garden.
Rejoice in this ‘disposal service’ with me?
Father, we wonder at times why You bother – yet how grateful we are that You stoop to our level and remove our sin debris so graciously! Forgive us and cleanse us, allowing Your glorious beauty to shine through us. Amen.