Location: My Wildflower Garden
"...lean not on your own understanding..." (Proverbs 3:5)
I planted a wildflower garden on the side of my house. I thought there would be enough light, but the sideways growth of my plants tells me differently! They keep leaning towards the light. And it made me think about where I lean.
Sometimes (ok, *many times*…) I lean toward finding significance. If I can work for so-and-so, if I can live in “that” city, if I can impress them with “that” job, I’ll find my worth.
Sometimes (ok, again, you got me, *many times*) I lean towards control and safety. If I can get that salary, live in that neighborhood, manipulate that outcome, I’ll be safe.
But isn’t leaning so much work?
What if we didn’t have to lean anymore?
What if our significance was found in just being who God made us to be? What if our safety was more about trust and acceptance rather than worry and anticipation? What if God has given us everything we need, right now? What if the only place we leaned was on “the everlasting arms?” (Now that’s gonna be in your head all week)
Gracious God, help me to lean only towards you. Amen.
by Erica Smith
Nature noticer, contemplative wannabe, coffee drinker, wine taster, and novice painter.