Something used to start arriving in the mail on the day after Christmas. Now like everything else in our society, it’s sooner than ever-mid November is when they start showing up…That’s right, the spring seed and garden catalogs! Two of those catalogs go all the way back to my gardens as a teenager, so I’ve been receiving them for well over 50 years!
I had my first garden when I was 5 years old. It only produced a few pods of peas, a few onions smaller than golf balls, and two small tomatoes. But I wasn’t discouraged at all…I knew I had a lot to learn and needed patience to grow things. When I asked my grandfather-who was a schoolteacher for some gardening tips, I don’t think I understood much of what he had to say. But when I asked by great grandfather who spoke in short simple sentences, and he always had a nice garden, I understood a lot of what he told me! So that’s where I started learning about growing things, and I’m still learning. Also, during the summer if I went to a friend’s house and if that family had a garden, I would always observe how they were growing their vegetables and if they seemed open to it, would ask questions about their garden. So, along with trying different things that I had read or heard about (and with learning from lots of mistakes) I slowly started to have good gardens.
“And let us not get tired of doing what is right, for after a while we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t get discouraged and give up.” Galatians 6:9 TLB
But I think the seeds will always hold a special place in my heart…I guess ever since that summer when I turned 8 years old, (that was the year I accepted Christ into my heart). I’ve always looked at the seeds as a special part of God’s creation. I know that every seed you plant came from another plant just like it before…but that’s not really what I’m referring to. My thoughts are about the many, many different types of seeds you can plant, some might be as big as a dime, some are a speck that are half the size of a pinhead. And yet, in most cases it only takes a week or two after planting to observe the miraculous event-germination! Whether the seed was a dry little ‘wafer’ or a ‘speck’, it “explodes” with new vibrant life! And of course, I never worship the plants or any part of nature, but only God who created and organized it all. But watch those little seedlings as they sprout, because before they start to grow and spread-out, they first look like little outstretched fingers pointing to the one and only creator-God!
So, if you can, whether it’s in a garden or even in a container on a patio, try planting some seeds and watch the miracle of germination (sprouting) for yourself. If you look for them, God has placed things all around us to constantly remind us of Him.
Till Next Time…..