This summer my sweet 10 year old Grace decided she wanted to start a garden. Being the homeschooling Mom that I am…I said, “Great! This can be your summer science project.” (my motto – everything in life is school!) With that she began to research what might grow best in our backyard, purchased all the things she needed for her garden and began the hard work of weeding the area and preparing the soil for planting.
Besides her research on the Internet, her daddy helped provide some of the labor, her sisters cheered her on with support, her Aunt Caroline gave her the wisdom of her experience (which her parents completely lacked) and even Daniel chipped in to help start her garden!
Since we got going a little late, she began mainly with seedlings – deciding on corn, bell peppers, cantaloupe and tomatoes. She also used seeds to grow carrots, pumpkins & watermelon.
After the initial planting she simply did two things almost everyday – watered & weeded. Since we are blessed to live in the very fertile and very sunny Central Valley of California….God did the rest. The garden grew!
I was amazed at the growth. In fact it seemed like almost everyday there was noticable change….first in heighth and width, then in flowers blooming, then in density and before we knew it the garden was big, beautiful and bountiful!
It became our morning ritual to go out to the garden and marvel how much everything had grown each & everyday. It was miraculous to us that these things that we had planted were really growing into food that we could soon enjoy.
During this past month we were blessed with an abundant harvest of vegetables – we enjoyed the incredible farm fresh taste, the convenience of bringing food in right from the backyard and the great satisfaction of having grown them ourselves.
These delicious vegetables also motivated us to try out some new recipes that made this gardening experience even richer for us. There is something about taking your homegrown creations from this —
to this (delectable gourmet tomato soup) that brings complete satisfaction of the body, soul & spirit –
As a new gardener I am still in awe of the fact that we were actually able to grow our own food. To many, this probably sounds silly….”why of course they grew”, you may be thinking, “I mean, what did you expect?” I am not sure that I expected it to be so easy. Just do the right things –
- Prepare the soil
- Plant the seedlings
- Water & Weed
Hmmmmm…I am sure there is life lesson in there –> just do the “right things” and you can expect good results. That is simple right?
Well almost. We did have a few vegetables that we planted in other parts of our yard that did not fare as well – our watermelon, pumpkins & a few extra tomato plants. Yes, we prepped, planted, watered & weeded but the growth just did not happen like the plants in the main garden. What was the difference?
The amount of sun!
While these plants got some sun everyday, they were also shaded by trees and the house and did not receive full sunlight as the others did. This resulted in not only slower & stunted growth (and even death of the watermelon plant that was in way too much shade) but a miniscule harvest and in some cases no vegetables at all.
We learned that sunlight was of utmost importance to the growth and development of our garden, no matter how diligent we were to care for the plants. They simply needed more than what we could provide….they needed God given provision of sunlight. Just like our lives.
We can do everything “right” and yet even with our best efforts we cannot completely grow & produce a bountiful harvest without God’s provision through His Son, Jesus Christ –
- His amazing grace
- His unfailing mercy
- His unconditional & everlasting love
- His perfect peace
- His powerful strength
How will you grow the garden of your life?
Will you move into the SON today and bask in the grace, mercy & love of God while being renewed by His peace & empowered by His strength so that you can grow, flourish and produce a life of abundance to be enjoyed by you and all those around you? I pray that we will all live in the Son.