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Lessons From Gardening

I enjoy gardening. Call my crazy, but sitting in the hot sun yanking crabgrass and Creeping Charlie from around my strawberries is actually fun for me. The feel of dirt between my toes is relaxing (okay, you can utter an ick for the reference to my toes now.) I enjoy tilling the dirt and letting my chickens chase after the tiller, greedily gobbling those grubs turned up by the tines. Watching your neat little rows of seed sprout, now that's satisfying. I'll admit that the weeding is work. Yes, you sweat. Yes, your back hurts if you're a glutton for punishment and you plant bush beans instead of pole beans. But along come winter when you're still eating vegetables, and tomato soup, and pumpkin bread and pie, all taken right from your own back yard, then is the payoff.

Often as I am working in my little pay-dirt plot, it occurs to me that the principles of gardening provide perfect parallels to spiritual principles. I guess that shouldn't surprise me. God uses a lot of agricultural illustrations in the Bible to teach us about spiritual truths. The mustard seed; the four soils; thorns being burned. History began in a garden with two trees. In fact, in Mark 4 And he said, "The kingdom of God is as if a man should scatter seed on the ground. He sleeps and rises night and day, and the seed sprouts and grows; he knows not how. The earth produces by itself, first the blade, then the ear, then the full grain in the ear. But when the grain is ripe, at once he puts in the sickle, because the harvest has come. (Mark 4:26-29) Jesus tells his listeners that the Kingdom of God is like a man who planted seed in his garden. The man doesn't know exactly how everything works together to make the plants grow, but it does. So how is gardening like the Kingdom of God? What parallels can we draw between the two? That's what I hope to explore. I do think it's important to remember that I'm not trying to write this to draw great spiritual truths from my garden. God's Word is the final authority, and life and its circumstances have to be interpreted through its lens. I see the work of my garden as a great illustration of Spiritual truths God has already given us in His word.

So the plan is to periodically post a new lesson from my garden hereon this site. Check them out as they come along. As you read, I'll be referencing Bible verses quite frequently. If you wonder why, check out this article on why the Bible is so important. But when you see those references, just hover your mouse over them to see the whole verse. After all, the whole point of this exercise is to draw your attention to what God has said, not to my fiendishly clever musings. (Romans 10:17)Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of Christ. So, let's dig in and get our hands dirty!