I love having a garden! This may sound weird, but I like the smell of dirt when I water it. We live in a subdivision, so it isn’t like we have a bunch of land or anything like that, although, I tease and say that I just need some land, a tractor, and some overalls and I’d be a happy gal. We haven’t planted a garden in a few years, so I am so excited to have one this year. We are kind of late getting it in the ground AND we are doing things a bit differently from the way we have in the past. I did not go and buy plants from the store. I purchased organic, heirloom seeds from a seed company that supports organic gardening. Lauren and I planted the seeds together. I didn’t know if anything would even come up. We have never done it this way before, but figured, what the hey, we’ll try something new! Well, it has been 5 days and guess what? We have plants! Yay! Little pea and squash and zucchini plants have poked through the soil. SO EXCITED!
I love tending a garden. Waking up in the morning and going to see how much the plants have grown. We have had plenty of rain, so far, thanks to subtropical storm Alberto. I know that weeds will begin to sprout up and that is just part of it. Have you ever noticed how deep the roots are on weeds? Clover and grass. It doesn’t take much and they grow strong and deep. As long as the ground is moist, I can pull the weed out by the root. All of the rain we have had has helped keep them easy to pull up by the root, but once it gets really hot and dry here in Alabama, that will be harder to do. Just like plants need water and care to keep out the weeds, we need the living water to keep us spiritually healthy and strong. Staying in God’s word helps us keep the weeds of life from taking over. When we neglect to stay hydrated by the living water, the weeds can take root and become harder to get rid of. Hebrews 12:15 says, See to it that no one fails to obtain the grace of God: that no “root of bitterness” springs up and causes trouble… Just after a rain, the next morning, I always see new weeds that have sprung up, so I have to get at them early to pull them up and not allow them to take root in my garden.
It amazes me how a tiny seed can be placed in the dirt, covered with more dirt, rained upon and then push through to emerge from the ground a little green plant that looks so fragile, yet it continues to grow stronger, in spite of the hard rain, wind, hot sun and those nasty weeds! Some of these elements are necessary to make the seed grow into a strong plant that eventually will grow into a vegetable or flower. Just like in life, sometimes we have things thrown on us. Sometimes storms come or a season of drought or weeds spring up and try to choke the life out of us. This makes it hard to persevere. Each of these things, though trying and hard, makes us stronger. Stronger in character, stronger in our convictions, and with God’s help, stronger in our walk with Him, as long as we do not give up…and just as eventually, the plant bears fruit, we too bear the fruit of the Holy Spirit. Instead of a tomato :), we bear love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness, faithfulness, and self-control. Galatians 5:22-23.
I think each of these makes a beautiful garden that I am sure God loves to tend. Praying that All the Things in your garden, whether vegetable, flower, or your heart are beautiful and plentiful this summer!