My friend and I were talking the other day about how we see the Presence of God all about us in every part of the garden. Of course, He is in the birdsong and the cool morning breeze, but the other day when I looked down at the seeds cradled in my palm I saw him in that too. Those seeds were so tiny, plain and insignificant in appearance and yet they each hold new life in the center. All of them are in the ground now waiting for just the right conditions with which to sprout forth into, in some cases, plants 100 times the size of the seed itself. It says in the Bible that Christ was not a stand out in the crowd, with a handsome regal presence kind of guy. On the contrary He was just an ordinary looking guy. Yet He was a part of God Himself walking amongst humanity and He had a fountain of new life available for those willing to accept it! He waits patiently for just the right conditions in our hearts, for us to acknowledge that we have all missed the mark in sin and accept His sacrifice in our stead. This is the exciting part; that is when He can grow us into 100 times the person we were in that little shell to begin with. I am going to borrow the words from Psalm 40 to express what He has done in my life; ” He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire; he set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand. He put a new song in my heart, a hymn of praise to our God.” I am not the person I once was because I walk through life with my Savoir.
So those tiny seeds are in the ground. In one bed I planted 1/2 kale 1/2 spinach,divided by a row of carrots for the kids to eat in the garden. In the other bed I planted swiss chard, beets(golden and red),buttercrunch lettuce and burgundy boston lettuce. Don’t forget to draw a map of what you planted where. For instance I planted 3 types of spinach because I want to see which one is the tastiest. I certainly don’t want to get those mixed up. Seems so much easier this way than using plant markers on everything. Although if you have time to make them they can be beautiful.
Most of my beds in the Front Yard Garden are filled with young warm season crops. Crops like yellow squash, zucchinni and butternut squash. Because of this I also planted some seeds in pots so that right before the first freeze in my area(sometime around November 16th) I can pull out my warm season crops and put in my winter plants like brussel sprouts, collard greens and broccoli.
We are so fortunate to have 2 growing seasons in Dallas one in the Spring, one in the Fall (divided by a hotter than Hades period in which I usually pull out everything and take a bit of a vacation.) We can even grow all winter with some clever shelter, but that is a whole different post.
Hoping that you have new life, not just in your garden, but in your everyday living. If you haven’t met Jesus Christ yet, contact me, I would love to introduce the two of you. Happy Gardening! It is not too late to get started. If you want to know how click here.