Planting the Garden

 One of the things that my mom passed on to me is a love to garden. My first major “employment,” in fact, was weeding my mother’s garden for 25 cents and hour!  But in doing so I gained an appreciation for having my hands in the dirt and helping the garden grow and be healthy so we could have lots of fresh fruit and vegetables.  Every year when spring is approaching, I get excited about rototilling our rather large garden and getting things planted. Most years I try to get the early things in (potatoes, peas, onions, radishes) during the first warm spell in April and then plant the rest of the seeds (corn, beans, lettuce, carrots, etc.) during the first warm stretch in May. Sometimes we have a killer frost in June so have to be careful to cover things. We have a rather short growing season so have to gamble a bit in starting as early as possible.

     I recently, ran across a little devotional that my mother had hand written. It is called The Spring Garden. The Bible verses I have added.  
                THE SPRING GARDEN
            1. First plant three rows of Peas:
                a.  Perseverance:  “For in hope we have been saved, but hope that is seen is not hope; for why does one also hope for what he sees? But if we hope for what we do not see, with perseverance we wait for it” (Ro. 8:24,25).
                b.  Politeness: “And be kind (polite) to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving each other, just as God in Christ also has forgiven you” (Eph. 4:32).
                c.  Prayer:  “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God which surpasses all comprehension will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus” (Phil. 4:6,7).
             2.  Next to them plant three rows of Squash:
                a.  Squash Gossip:  “He who conceals hatred has lying lips, and he who spreads slander (gossip) is a fool. When there are many words, transgression is unavoidable. But he who restrains his lips is wise…He who goes about as a talebearer (a gossip) reveals secrets, but he who is trustworthy conceals a matter” (Pr. 10:18,19; 11:13).
                b.  Squash Selfishness: “Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind let each of you regard one another as more important than himself; do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others” (Phil. 2:3,4).  
                c. Squash Apathy: “Be diligent to present yourself approved to God as a workman who does not need to be ashamed, handling accurately the word of truth” (II Tim. 2:15).  “…being diligent to preserve the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace” (Eph. 4:3).
            3.  Then plant three rows of Lettuce:
                a.  Let us be Loyal:  “A friend loves at all times (is loyal), and a brother is born of adversity” (Pr. 17:17).
                b.  Let us be Truthful: “But speaking the truth  in love, we are to grow up in all aspects into Him, who is the head, even Christ” (Eph. 4:15). 
                c.  Let us Love One Another: “Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another” (I Jn. 4:11).  
            4.  And no garden is complete without Turnips:
                a.  Turn up for Work:  “For even when we were with you, we used to give you this order: if anyone will not work, neither let him eat” (II thes. 3:10).  “Whatever you do, do your work heartily, as for the Lord rather than for men” (Col. 3:23).   
                b.  Turn up for Church: “And let us consider how to stimulate one another to love and good deeds, not forsaking our own assembling together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another; and all the more, as you see the day drawing near” (Heb. 10:24,25).
                c.  Turn up with a Smile: “A joyful heart makes a cheerful face, but when the heart is sad, the spirit is broken” (Pr. 15:13).      
     Wouldn’t this world be more like the Garden of Eden if we all planted seeds like these?   Lord, lend my Your trowel.
                                                                                    An avid gardener,
                                                                                            Pastor Dave

About Pastor Dave

Until my retirement 2 years ago, I pastored an independent Bible church in Northwest Montana for nearly 38 years. During that time I also helped establish a Christian school, and a Bible Camp. I am married and have children and grandchildren. The Wisdom of the Week devotional is an outgrowth of my desire to share what God is doing in my life and in our world, and to challenge you to be a part.
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