Wednesday, February 1, 2012
I love running my fingers through newly tilled soil. There's just something so rewarding about it...the promise of something wonderful to come.
We've had some unseasonably warm weather here in Texas this winter and I can already feel my gardening itch coming on. Right now we are preparing to plant potatoes, onions, carrots, strawberries, and garlic in addition to the spinach, lettuce, parsley, and cilantro i already have growing in my small herb garden.
Sunday afternoon, all 7 of us (including 20 month old Nathan) worked, weeded, and tilled 1 row (100ft long) for a spring harvest. Since we usually only plant a large 100x50 foot summer garden, this is a bit of a new experience for us.
As we were working, I was reminded of how the Lord used our garden last year to teach us some important lessons.
Not only do we reap the blessings of fruits and vegetables, but the life lessons that are learned through the process are priceless.
As a family we will hoe, till, rake, plant, water, tend, weed, watch, harvest, can, freeze, and eat our bounty...but we will also plant and grow seeds of faithfulness, hard work, patience, and diligence in ourselves and our children.
The Bible is full of examples of tending a garden and the productivness of hard work. There are so many things to learn through the garden growing process that God wrote it all down to share with us. I encourage you to google or look in the back of your Bible under "garden" or "work" to see what He has to say. Then get out this spring and plant something, whether in long rows or a small rubbermaid tub, just do it. Your children will love the experience of watching it grow and you can teach some amazing Biblical lessons along the way.
Then tune your heart and your hands to God's harvest, and you will be bountifully blessed.
So how about you? What growing do you have going on in your garden? Leave me a comment to share your ideas.