The joys of gardening

May 5th, 2010

Yesterday I spent some time in my garden and it was so lovely.  This is the third year we’ve attempted a garden and the first year I’ve really enjoyed it.  I love being outside in the sunshine.  I love feeling productive and learning new things.  I love reminiscing about planting gardens in my childhood.

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And I love the insights and reflections that come into my mind as I work.  After placing an old, shriveled potato in my freshly dug hole of dirt, I can’t help thinking, “How does this become a living, thriving plant?”

Then metaphors start growing in my head.  Metaphors that compare these little seeds and bulbs to life.  And then I think of the parables of Jesus and the analogies of Prophets.

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And then I know that only God could create little seeds that push through the dirt to find the light.  And to follow the light.

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And when my eldest son starts digging in his own plot of land, my heart smiles to know we’re passing on a legacy.

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After that, my youngest becomes lonely.

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So I ask my eldest to go sing to my youngest.

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And the next thing I know, my backyard is filled with the giggles of two little boys.

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So I dig and I plant and I contemplate God.  While the laughter of my children plays in the background.

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And my heart is happy.

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3 Comments

m | 5/5/2010 9:06 pm

What a beautiful post! I wish I could have been there.

 
Suzanne | 5/5/2010 11:24 pm

Gardening is just so special been in the outdoors is really appreciating God.

 
Bruce | 5/6/2010 8:09 am

Wow! Looks like things are really growing! I love the way you include the boys in the adventure that is gardening. Just think, one of these days you will actually get something to eat out of it!

 

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