Gardening – 101

We have been enjoying home-grown tomatoes for the last week or so! They may not be the biggest tomatoes I’ve ever seen, nonetheless they ARE from our very own garden and quite yummy too!  I’m thankful we decided to plant these back in May…we sure are enjoying picking them off the vine now!

I must admit, gardening is not one of my strengths but I do know a couple things and I’m continuing to learn! (Let me know if you want a few tips on warding off deer…)  When I went to purchase those small tomato plants a few months back, I knew what to look for ~ TOMATO plants. If the man at our local Farm & Garden had tried to sell me banana pepper plants while assuring me of a crop of juicy tomatoes, I don’t think I would have fallen for his sales pitch. No, I don’t know a whole lot about gardening, but I DO know that if we wanted juicy tomatoes then we needed to plant TOMATO plants. Makes sense, right?

The last paragraph may seem very elementary…and it is…yet, how often do we forget the law of sowing and reaping in a spiritual realm?  Satan’s sales pitch is a very convincing one as he promises a life of happiness if we give in to his temptations of planting seeds of unrighteousness. The reason he can be so convincing is simply because there truly is pleasure in sin – for a season. But, before long, the time to reap will come and those seeds of unrighteousness that were planted are sure to bring forth a bountiful harvest of unrighteousness as well as heartache, sorrow and so often destruction. It’s the law of sowing and reaping. Why should we expect anything different? As we go about each day, we should make it a practice to contemplate the seeds we are sowing by asking ourselves, “Do I REALLY want to reap a whole crop of this?”

Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting.”  Galatians 6:7,8

What do we do if we, in our foolishness, have ALREADY sown seeds which we now regret?…and who of us have not? There is nothing we can do to prevent the harvest, but we can use this time as an opportunity to teach and warn others. THEN, if we are not already doing so, quickly begin planting seeds of righteousness.  Strive for a BUMPER CROP as we give our lives to the Lord while watering our seeds with tears.

“They that sow in tears shall reap in joy. He that goeth forth and weepeth, bearing precious seed, shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with him.”  Psalm 126:5,6F

And finally, we may be right in the middle of the growing season where we have faithfully sown seeds of biblical principles but we have yet to see the harvest. We must not faint but rather continue tending to our gardens. During the growing season, we can truly feel the heat beating down upon us at times, but the refreshing time of harvest will eventually come!

“And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.” Galatians 6:9

~ Rachel ~



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