Gardening 101 and More

With the beautiful weather this week, I couldn’t help myself; I just had to play outside in the dirt!  The rain showers over the weekend and daytime temps in the 70s and 80s have teamed together for near perfect conditions to start the Spring garden.

The tossed salad is seeded with a mix of lettuce greens, spinach, radicchio, onions and carrots.  The seed potatoes were put to bed and will be blanketed with straw soon after the tubers poke through the soil.  This will not only keep the weeds at bay, but also keep the soil cool and retain moisture.  In a few weeks, snap peas will be climbing the garden fence.  Peas can be time consuming at harvest, but they are Hubby’s favorite vegetable.

As I was dropping seeds one by one, I began to think of the parable Jesus told in Matthew 13:3-9.

3 Then he told them many things in parables, saying: “A farmer went out to sow his seed. 4 As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path, and the birds came and ate it up. 5 Some fell on rocky places, where it did not have much soil. It sprang up quickly, because the soil was shallow. 6 But when the sun came up, the plants were scorched, and they withered because they had no root. 7 Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up and choked the plants. 8 Still other seed fell on good soil, where it produced a crop—a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown. 9 Whoever has ears, let them hear.”  New International Version (NIV)

At first glance, this could be a lesson in Gardening 101.  However, it is not intended to be taken that lightly.  Jesus later explains the hidden message of the parable of the sower.

18 “Listen then to what the parable of the sower means: 19 When anyone hears the message about the kingdom and does not understand it, the evil one comes and snatches away what was sown in their heart. This is the seed sown along the path. 20 The seed falling on rocky ground refers to someone who hears the word and at once receives it with joy. 21 But since they have no root, they last only a short time. When trouble or persecution comes because of the word, they quickly fall away. 22 The seed falling among the thorns refers to someone who hears the word, but the worries of this life and the deceitfulness of wealth choke the word, making it unfruitful. 23 But the seed falling on good soil refers to someone who hears the word and understands it. This is the one who produces a crop, yielding a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown.” Matthew 13:18-23 NIV

Just as I prepare the soil, water, weed and mulch to produce a bountiful vegetable harvest, I must do the same in life to become the woman God desires me to be.

“For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, mutual affection; and to mutual affection, love. For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and    unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.”  2 Peter 1:5-8 NIV

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