garden fence ideaEver read the book about Peter Rabbit? That mischievous bunny just couldn’t resist the lure of Mr. McGregor’s garden. Lettuce, carrots, beans, radishes. A feast worth crawling under a gate for. All until he got chased around by an angry gardener with a rake.

Part of gardening involves putting up some type of barrier to protect the plants from outside invaders – ranging from children’s (and dog’s) trampling feet to deer to birds to insects and other pests (see Mosquito Authority here). Wise gardeners put up fences and cover fruit trees with nets. They may choose to thwart the bad bugs with insecticides, friendly bugs, or by planting hairy vetch beside the potatoes. (Something my dad told me about last week.)

But what about my life? How do I guard my heart against the invaders of worry and fear? Do I let the insects of doubt eat away at my faith? Or do I erect a wall of truth? Cover myself with hope? Grow patience and gentleness and joy?

One of my favorite passages in the Bible is found in the book of Philippians. “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” (Phil. 4:6-7 NKJV)

Did you see that word buried in there? Guard. As in being kept by a garrison. Surrounded by a moat. Hidden away inside an army fortress. Protected.

(While this first posted in 2010, you can find more Devotions From the Garden on the Books page.)

What about you? What tries to invade your life and steal your fruitfulness? What is guarding your heart and mind? How do you know?

Keeping Out the Pests
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