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August 20, 2011

To Plant a Garden is to . . .

Filed under: Uncategorized — lawsonjolly @ 5:00 am

As a boy, our large home garden was almost a half an acre.  I recall that the vegetable garden was hard work.  When school was out, my grandmother and I would go out early in the morning for a couple of hours to hoe around many of the vegetables, pull weeds, or dust for bugs.  From the time the garden was planted — school year or summer — we would go out after supper with my parents and we would work the garden until it got dark.

A harvest would come later . . . but I couldn’t see that far!  I only knew for the time that this was hard work.  I am not saying I despised the work . . . but I certainly didn’t enjoy it.  As a boy, I am not even sure that I appreciated the harvest when I was eating those fresh vegetables.  Again, I only thought of the moment and did not have the maturity to understand that we would not have that food on the table if it had not been for the hard work in the previous weeks and months.

Now that I am older, I have a much different attitude in planting a garden.  And my slant is now on a flower garden more than a vegetable garden.  I agree with a sign I saw recently.  The quote is attributed to Audrey Hepburn.  To plant a garden is to believe in tomorrow That’s a lesson I should have grasped when I was young and working in the vegetable garden.  I understand it so well as I work with my wife in developing the beautiful flower and plant garden at our home.

There is so much we plant today that will not truly be enjoyed for some time.  Yet, the hard work today is a testimony that there will be beauty and enjoyment in the future.  Planting and watering the garden is hard work, but we wouldn’t do it if we didn’t expect a harvest!  We truly believe in tomorrow!

The lesson has come to me from a spiritual perspective.  I reflect on the garden of my life.  It must be nurtured and cultivated.  I must plant the proper seeds. I must keep the weeds removed.  I must see that it is properly watered.  I must  tend well to the garden of my life because I will reap what I sow.  I will produce a harvest that reflects my work.  My garden will simply be a reflection of the gardener.

If I deeply desire a harvest that is a blessing to myself and others, I need to yield to the Master Gardner! Christ in me, sowing, tilling, cultivating, and nurturing will produce a blessed harvest.  My garden then will reflect the Master Gardner.

Committment to the Master Gardner calls for a surrender my our part.  I must allow Him to sow, water, and cultivate.  My part is the yielding.  I must be willing to avoid activities, behavior, and attitudes that would prevent Him from working in my life.  I must see beyond today — the work and commitment on my part — and know there is a harvest coming!  I plant my life in Him because I so believe in tomorrow!

” . . . Christ in you, the hope of glory.”  (Colossians 1:27)



1 Comment »

  1. Wonderful story Pastor J. Thank you for sharing. Seeing the harvest of the Lord, what a wonderful blessing!

    Comment by doriswhite — October 6, 2011 @ 10:44 am | Reply

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