Morning! What was your first thought when you read the title of this post?
Did your mind go to being “in the zone” ? as the Urban dictionary defines it: an expression used to describe a state of consciousness where actual skills match the perceived performance requirements perfectly. Being in the zone implies increased focus and attention which allow for higher levels of performance. Anybody that totally owns a challenge of physical & mental performance can be ” in the zone.”
Or by chance did you think of the gardening zone you live in? These zones actually termed Plant Hardiness Zones offer general guidance to the kinds of plants that will succeed in your area. The warmer your climate, the higher the number of the Zone you live in. Zones assume that all plants are receiving adequate water. Zones are also affected by altitude, soil aeration, light, day length, air movement, surrounding structures, and soil pH. There are 9 zones total…to find your zone Just Google it. smile
As for me, I was in the zone of Jesus Red Letter teachings and heard the Holy Spirit say, “a good post” then immediately popped in how this term relates to the “inner & outer gardens” in our lives. In my weekly online conference Bible Study group we are focused on the Red Letter teachings and when I read these words, “ The harvest is plentiful but, the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers from the harvest field. (Matt 9:37), my mind realized how we His children All have gifts and talents and how few consciously embrace those seeds within and bear their fruit. In the innocence and dreamer beginning of our lives we see and are willing to “try most anything”. The seeds of the desires of our hearts are bursting forth within us, for many almost aching to come forth. If theses seeds aren’t fertilized and encouraged to grow strong and keep developing they are trampled by the naysayers of the world: a person who habitually expresses negative or pessimistic views: Despite a general feeling that things were going well, a few naysayers tried to cast gloom. Which brought clarity to the truth of this verse: “ Enter thru the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow is the road that leads to life, and only a few find it” Matt 7:13-14 When we go down a broad road allowing everything of the world in we run into a road full of vampires who can and will if we allow them, suck the life right out of our inner & outer gardens with their negative/pessimistic views. On this road the gardens of our hearts loose site of who “we are” as individuals, our seeds of talents are trampled and buried becoming unhappy followers be lead to destruction in our lives. Wouldn’t you rather bear the plentiful harvest intended from those seeds planted within you? Won’t you consider today entering the narrow gate where within it you are encouraged and taught how to cultivate those Gifts of Love and Blessings ? When you are ‘in your zone” your Seeds will bring forth the Way to the road of Life not only in your life but, the lives of others.
The same is true for the seeds in the earthly garden. There are many seeds on the road to choose from yet, there are only a few that thrive in Your Zone. I personally, have found the outer gardening teaches me lots about my inner garden. It requires focus, for me to narrow down my choices and cultivation tactics in order for my garden to grow – in my zone 6. Gardening draws attention to the wonders of early growth to maturity, how outside negative factors can eat up or choke out my harvest, and so much more. My point, if you decide to enter thru the narrow gate and walk the narrow road to life, consider in that process cultivating and growing an outer garden…you will be surprised how cultivating the outer garden seeds aid in the cultivation of the inner gardens seeds. It’s amazing to focus and seek the seeds for “your Zones” both inside and out. https://www.gurneys.com/hardiness_zone?p=0549531&utm_medium=cpc&utm_source=google&utm_content=lead_gen&gclid=CjwKCAjwp_zkBRBBEiwAndwD9cbQUb2jeWlkkpj4NwIyooKjte3SZHa4yX6q1G50q0AHL56piMX56hoCv6kQAvD_BwE
You Are a Unique individual Full of Seeds to bear a Good Harvest. Choose to be a good worker who lets those seeds come forth, shine, and bear a Good Harvest.