Learning from the Garden, Uncategorized

Change of Plans

I was going about my morning, partly frustrated, partly anxious, and partly annoyed. I had gotten up at four the day before and didn’t get to bed till after ten. Work had consumed most of my waking hours and so my todo list had been put off till today. Of course I slept in a little more this morning, so my day started out rushed. The entire time I was working, which recently has been weeding the garden, I kept being reminded of all the things I needed to do. The horses stall needed cleaned, I needed a shower, the lawn needed mowed, the landscape needed weeded, supper needed cooked, and on and on.

I began listening to a podcast and of course it was talking about what to do when we feel overwhelmed. Look to the Lord and realize our main purpose in life is to glorify him no matter what we do. I finally started to calm down and actually enjoy what I was doing.
But then it was like God said, “Okay, you got that, now change of plans.”
That’s when my sister came over to me. She said deer where eating the tomatoes and I needed to put the electric fence around it. I just stared at her and took a deep breath before forcing out an “okay.” My mom was harvesting garlic as I walked by her. She asked for help with one of the plants which broke off underground. The sun started affecting her by now and she said she needed to go in. “Can you finish this for me please?” I reluctantly obliged.

As I pulled up the garlic plants I was having difficulties. First of all, we had planted these plants last winter, they weren’t even a 2019 crop. But because we had gotten so far behind with the weeding of 2018, grass and other vegetation took over that crop and we let it go, mowIng it flat in the fall. This past winter we had raised and covered all the rows, completely disregarding the garlic that was still in the ground. Spring came and we planted carrots and peas in those rows. As the vegetables came up, so did the garlic! We just let them grow together figuring we could harvest them at different times.
Now the garlic was breaking off six inches underground… beneath the carrots. I, as carefully as possible, dug around the roots to retrieve the garlic. That’s when God spoke to me. “Your thought life is like this.”

When we have a thought, we plant a seed. What happens when you plant a seed in the garden? As a little innocent child, did you ever take a seed outside, put it in the ground, wake up the next morning and run out to see if your flower or plant had come up yet? We do the same thing in our spiritual lives as adults. It is so much easier to plant weeds in our mind than it is to plant good, useable, blessed crops that will yield us a good production. As we go through hard times, we wonder why the good thoughts we are trying to think now are not helping. What we forget to keep in mind is all the weed seeds we have planted over the past. Seeds are seeds and they will come up, whether we want them to or not. And they all come up in there own season.

What seeds are you planting in your mind?

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

Galatians 6:7-9

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