Your deepest, most constant need is for My Peace. I have planted Peace in the garden of your heart, where I live; but there are weeds growing there too: pride, worry, selfishness, unbelief. I am the Gardener, and I am working to rid your heart of those weeds. I do My work in various ways. When you sit quietly with Me, I shine the Light of My Presence directly into your heart. In this heavenly Light, Peace grows abundantly and weeds shrivel up. When you trust Me in the midst of trouble, Peace flourishes and weeds die away.*
Did you know that tulips follow light relentlessly? You can train them for a while in their bouquets. They follow the reflection of light, sometimes even artificial light, natural light, all of it; they stretch and search and crane their stems, steering clear of shadows and darkness.
My children do the same. Sleeping with Christmas lights strung throughout their rooms, shutters opened slightly to see the light of the moon, choosing to play upstairs in lieu of our basement rec room. (Ooh. I rhymed.) There is a need so great in us to step into sunshine – a sometimes audible sound of relief when we feel it on our skin.
We follow it around in our house, tracing its steps throughout the day, dragging toys where there are brighter spots. I find him there a lot.
It sometimes is where he does his best thinking and engineering.
When Daddy is out of town, both boys drag themselves and sleeping bags and pillows and stuffies into our room in the dark of the night, eager to be near each other and me, so that we wake up all together slowly and with lots of giggles. Looks like a big nest.
And yes, that is a yard gnome on the night stand. :) He’s just waiting there until the sun is consistent and warm enough outside to tease out our plants, and then he will find the most perfect hiding spot among them.
*Words up there from the April 2nd devotional of the ‘Jesus Calling’ app. Thank you Brandy Dawson for the tip.