#1 – Earthworms are very cool (they may even warrant a future blog post!)
#2 – It definitely counts as some sort of workout since body parts always hurt the next day
#3 – All that Vitamin D does a body good AND I get a great tan. #4 – It’s a legit excuse to tell the kids we’re having cereal for dinner tonight. (The organic and healthy kind of course!)
#5 – The kids love picking and eating the stuff we grow which means they actually eat some veggies from time to time.
#6 – No one wants to help do all that work so it’s peace and quiet time
#7 – No one wants to help do all that work so it’s peace and quiet time
#8 – No one wants to help do all that work so…. (you get the idea!)
But most importantly it’s time in my day that I get to spend with the Lord.
All that being said however, I am by no means a gardener. I just happen to have a piece of land in which I dig and plant and water and nurture and harvest but it does not mean that I actually know what I’m doing! Who knew it would turn into such a place of refuge and solace and prayer? Who knew it would fulfill an elemental need to be in touch with God’s Earth? I really had no idea how much I would love the garden when I took on the task last spring. I love it and God teaches me through it.
I was thinking about the idea of gardening in the days of old – as in before the days of hoses and sprinklers. How did gardeners ensure that their crops would be adequately watered so as to produce fruit? Especially the full-out farmers who relied on said crops for sustenance and livelihood? I’m sure if I did a little research I would find various creative and ingenious ways that farmers have watered crops throughout the centuries but for the most part I think it’s safe to say that before the days of modern irrigation, farmers were forced to rely upon the providence of God for the growing of crops. They prayed for and waited for rain. And if the rain didn’t come they didn’t have crops. Right?
So in my own little garden I thought about the idea of not hooking up a watering system and simply relying on God for whatever needs my little plants might have. I immediately rejected that idea for all the standard reasons we use in our modern society; “God helps those who help themselves” and “God gave us brains to invent ——– so He must want us to use ——–“. As quickly as I first rejected it though I decided to give it some more thought. After all I do profess that I trust God in all things.
It occurred to me that, as someone living in America in suburbia in 2012 with all our modern conveniences, I’m not sure it’s possible to trust God in all things the way the people in the Old testament had to really trust God in all things. We simply don’t have to rely on Him. We have hoses and sprinklers and faucets and elaborate underground systems that bring water instantly.
And while I’m certainly not suggesting that we give up our modern technology and conveniences, I do think it merits reflection at the very least. Do our plans include trusting God only when we’ve exhausted our other means? When we fall short is God our plan B? or plan C? or any plan at all?
We have advanced tremendously since the fall of Adam and Eve and have become masterful at self-reliance in this dog-eat-dog society but are we better off in our relationship with God?
We are a people driven by success but are we driving ourselves right out of paradise?
I think I would rather fail with God at my side than achieve any success without Him. To have Him, to know Him, to love Him is truly the ultimate success.
Lord God bring us closer into a trusting relationship with you. Amen