June 16, 2009

Gardening Update

Posted in Uncategorized at 9:07 am by Editorial Team

Our garden is overgrown with weeds. I keep thinking God takes care of the growth, but I keep forgetting he asks us to labor — to water and weed and reap his harvest. The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few.

We’ve been blessed with unused, rich black Mississippi River soil.  It tilled up a nice dark black, and there has been no need to fight the existing soil composition.  In future years, that may change.

Watering is easy, and the rain has been doing it for us the past two weeks. But the weeds have grown with the rain, and I have done very little weeding. Our pepper plants needed it, because they were furiously fighting the weeds for sunlight.

Our cucumbers and squash are flowering, so we should see some little ones growing soon. Our tomato plants are huge and there are probably at least 20 baby green tomatoes. Our sunflowers are almost as tall as me. So far we’ve harvested some collared greens and broccoli — which have cooked up nicely.

In a world where we can run to the supermarket for whatever we want, eat a meal prepared in less than 5 minutes, gardening reminds me that life can and probably should move at a slower pace. In the midst of a bustling inner-city, with sirens blaring down our street every thirty minutes, God IS. Yahweh is the same, yesterday, today, and forever. Yahweh never changes, and I’m thankful for his presence and patience, and his call for us to labor in the garden.

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