When God Wants To Rip Everything Out By The Roots

We are selling our home, so we’ve been pretty busy getting it ready for market. We are not the people who say, “They’re buying the house, not our stuff,” and expect them to do the hard work of imagining themselves here.

ripping out the garden taking down artSo we’ve taken down and put away photos and art, touch-up painted, caulked, and cleaned cleaned cleaned.

ripping out the garden dining roomWe’ve depersonalized and neutralized.

ripping out the garden kitchen eating areaAnd the home that we love is ready to shine for its next family. [We’re praying they love its vaulted ceilings, beautiful southern light, and open floorplan as much as we have.]

phlox rootsHowever, there was one last piece of preparation that my husband wanted to do.

Rip out the front garden.

bloom 01You know, the garden that I started and have loved? Yes, that one.

But but but… I must have processed just a little too long, because I think my husband sensed that I thought he was a bit crazy. Why on Earth would we pull out a perfectly good garden?? …Even if some of the bushes were a bit overgrown… and the hydrangeas were spreading everywhere… And the phlox were done blooming this year and just looked like weedy stalks…


So he pulled up all those forty-pound evergreens and ripped out every last flower. I couldn’t even look.

ripping out the garden evergreensAnd you know what happened next?

Three things: First, the beds looked amazing. Clean, open, blank slates. Second, we got to bless a few neighbors with free bushes and plants. And finally, the new simple garden looks fantastic, manicured and welcoming.

ripping out the garden night gardeningWho knew.

So as my hubs made “one last run” to the store for a few more flowers, one more bag of mulch, and an extra bag of enriching soil, Big Bro and I continued planting (into the night… my neighbors had a good laugh about that, us out there with our headlamps and shovels!), and it struck me right there between the eyes…

God does this.

Sometimes God will lead us to places crazy and counter-intuitive and counter-productive and maybe even a bit painful. In order to make something wonderful and unexpected and beautiful.

fall and moving jeremiah 29 11Duh, I was just thinking of it the other day! God knows the plans He has for me, and they are good.

And when I let go of my plans in order to enter into and trust His, good things happen.

So I am so thankful for the beautiful reminder: just as my husband leads our family (and sometimes guides us to do things that might, on first appearance, look a little crazy), so God leads His people… If we will only follow.

Anyone else out there ever find it tough to trust God’s plan when we cannot already perceive the end result? Here are some of my favorite verses about trusting Him in the process:

  • “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go” (Joshua 1:9).
  •  “O Sovereign LORD, You are God! Your words are trustworthy, and You have promised these good things to Your servant” (2 Samuel 7:28).
  • “Those who know Your Name will trust in You, for you, LORD, have never forsaken those who seek You” (Psalm 9:10).
  • “But I trust in Your unfailing love; my heart rejoices in Your salvation” (Psalm 13:5).
  • “Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the LORD our God” (Psalm 20:7).

So, is God leading you to do something a bit crazy for His glory and your good today? Do tell!

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5 responses to “When God Wants To Rip Everything Out By The Roots

  1. Free, well loved plants & I got to laugh about the family of coal miners next door digging in the dark!! 🙂
    Thanks neighbor…..sigh…..I don’t like that you will be a distant neighbor soon 😦


  2. Sitting here smiling with tears in my eyes for today the LORD was having me to write same theme but yours hit me square between the eyes. He makes each of His children to bloom where they are planted and the pruning is for our certain good in order to blossom and thrive even though it often comes through afflictions and trials, yet our Father’s Hand is our sustenance seeing us through it all. The Father’s love, Jesus’ face and the ever present helper, Holy Spirit leading and guiding us home every step of the way. Thank you for sharing His heart.


  3. New reader and subscriber here and I just had to let you know that I needed this verse today. I have been praying for God to give me a sign regarding a big move for my family and I believe that this blog post is what I was looking for. Keep the faith and He will take care of everything. Thank you so much


  4. I am new to pinterest and happened to pin some of your gift ideas. I am so glad I did! When I first read about you being Christian it made me smile. And He led me to the scriptures you shared here. Thank you for your sharing of great ideas and bless you for sharing His uplifting words. I just love the way He leads His children to each other. God bless. Mary H


    • Mary Howard I feel the same way you do! I found this blog while looking for a “policeman costume” for my son. When I saw the Christian references I smiled and thought, “This sounds like my kinda blog” and followed on Facebook. I continued to this particular entry because of the title and I love it!


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