Last year, along with most of the world, I started a raised bed garden. This was new to me; I never planted a garden. Our raised garden bed is located in the back of our property, on the flat part of the hill, and honestly, I didn’t realize it was there until we were in the house for about six months.
Since we have bunnies and chipmunks, that live in our yard, I decided not to go with green leaf lettuce and reduce the temptation. The planting consisted of just peppers, green jalapeno, green sweet, and banana peppers.
It amazes me how a seed germinates, puts down roots and sprouts. With some water, sunshine, and a little time it starts to sprout little green stalks. It makes me think of the relationship we have with God, with time, energy, and being in the word, our relationship flourishes. Like the little green plant that burgeons from the fertile soil.
This reminds me of Jesus’ parable of the mustard seed. “The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed, which a man took and planted in his field. Though it is the smallest of all seeds, yet when it grows, it is the largest of garden plants and becomes a tree, so that the birds come and perch in its branches.” Matthew 13:31-32
The best part of growing my garden, beyond the obvious fruits of my labor, was the time I got to spend with my 21-year-old son. Since we did not have a hose that could reach out to the garden bed, every other day, like clockwork, my son and I would haul huge buckets of water, up to the garden to water it. The conversations we had about his day and what was going on in the garden grew our relationship. What a special unexpected gift that I received as part of my new garden. I will miss those chats this year as he is graduating college in May and will be moving out of state. I pray that you can grow your garden in addition to your relationships and you too can enjoy the fruits of your labor.