Sowing your garden
Sowing with Care
The Two Plots
Who has ever planted a garden? Do you recall how much time and effort it required and why did you plant in the first place?
Do you remember the location you chose; was it limited in size and did it have good soil? How about sunlight, would there be enough sun to grow your garden, what similarities come to mind with these conditions for gardening as it relates to choices we make regarding friendships?
I remember years ago, as a beginning gardener when I surveyed the yard to find a plot of ground that could produce a vegetable garden and with abundant harvest. I first carefully examined the yard for open spaces, there were not many and those that I did find did not appear roomy and had shade. It seemed maybe this would be to tough a task, but I could not admit defeat so I found an area that gathered some sun, with fair soil, just one small problem, cane grass. This stuff was terrible, it had roots that grew two feet into the soil and I had to dig the entire plot by hand seeing how a rotor-tiller would just stall continuously. I considered just buying vegetables, an easier option at the time, only they would not be fresh and possibly not as tasty. So onward I dug, thinking all the while how delicious they would be.
As I toiled in the sun, I knew the fruits of my labor would surely be rewarded.
There arose one small problem, even though I spent the time preparing the plot as I thought necessary, it was doomed from the beginning. The grass I so painstakingly took the time to remove came back. The roots must have been so embedded in the ground from that cane grass that it came back, choking the plants I wanted and robbing them of nutrients from the meager soil. The sunlight that had seemed sufficient I found was not adequate enough to allow for optimum growth and to top it all off the soil now appeared quite sandy and required constant watering.
This is how our lives can become, when we mingle and confide with persons who just don’t have God in their lives. I remember that in my own life; I was not unlike that plot of ground at one time, poor in spirit, as was that soil of mostly sand and over run by unproductive vegetation, as in the company I chose to keep. Worse yet is how after an opportunity would present itself for me to get out of that unfruitful life, it disappeared as quickly as water poured onto sand. This indeed was a shady time in my life; I did not seek a better plot of ground for which to bear fruit. This plot/life would not sustain me and I did not harvest much in that garden/my actions and what there was, was of poor quality.
So, I continued the search and eventually I found a plot of ground that did bear fruit, it was not a place I would have believed possible to grow a garden, for it was in between two driveways, somewhat inclined and had two enormous trees in the center and another medium tree at the front. Obviously there would not be ample enough sunlight underneath the branches, yet that was about to soon change. It was not by my hand alone that this plot would eventually bear abundant harvest, but first many changes would need to take place.
First those trees could not remain if I were to expect any growth, yet I never considered having them removed they were stately in shape and size, a true testament to God’s awesome power of creation. Though like all living things there are cycles of life and of death and these trees were beginning to rot in the center, so down they would come. Fortunately, God always has a plan. He had afforded me another opportunity and this time I jumped at it with both feet. It’s amazing how new life would spring forth from what was just dry leaves and sand.
This time the rotor-tiller just about drug me along for the ride, the soil seemed fertile enough already yet I was leaving nothing to chance this time, not with this plot and not in my life. The experiences of the first plot, lead me to examine the conditions in my own life for spiritual growth. I saw many deficiencies and sought means of change for living, instead of ruination.
Just as in my life, so I would build up the foundation first, the soil as I said previously was good, yet I just knew with some composted materials it would be great. My life also needed more enrichment, I would need to read the Bible to see exactly what was lacking, after all you don’t plant your seed before reading the packet to see how deep they must go. Believe me; I needed to plant deep so my roots would take hold. Secondly, this plot would need sunlight and it appeared this was no longer an issue, for I even removed the medium tree which had unfortunately chose to grow under the power lines. In my own life, I decided I would need to open up my heart to the Light of the world, the only Son.
The plot began to thicken, just kidding maybe I can use that somewhere else. The garden began to take on a look of promise, just as did my life. Not done yet though, still the need for decent seed and nurturing. I spent time researching just what would grow and from those choices I chose what would benefit my taste the most. I did experiment a little at first, but ended up going back to what worked.
Tomatoes are one of the plants I grew and for these I bought plants out of convenience rather than try to sow them from seed. Funny thing about tomatoes though, they really do not do well without support. If I had left them to grow along the ground, they would be susceptible to pests and rotting fruits. I decided what was best for them was a tomato cage, a means of support and it would allow them to spread out as well as grow upwards. I am glad I have a means of support in our LORD and in the reading of His word.
This story I have just written, is based on a Psalm in the Bible, I am in the service of our LORD while here on Earth and I will be in Heaven. That Psalm is Psalm 1 and the verses are 1-6, this may take on its own life, for I did not do anything new or special. I just built upon the foundation that is our LORD, may all glory be His. Here is the 1st Psalm, verses 1-6, as it is written in the New International Version of the Bible.
Blessed is the man
who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked
or stand in the way of sinners
or sit in the seat of mockers.
But his delight is in the law of the LORD,
and on his law he meditates day and night.
He is like a tree planted by streams of water,
which yields its fruit in season
and whose leaf does not wither.
Whatever he does prospers.
Not so the wicked!
They are like chaff
that the wind blows away.
Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment,
nor sinners in the assembly of the righteous.
For the LORD watches over the way of the righteous,
but the way of the wicked will perish.