James 5: 7

…See how the farmer waits for the land to yield its valuable crop and how patient he is  for the autumn and spring rains.

How’s your garden growing? Thanks to my husband’s diligent care, ours is doing wonderful this year! We’ve had beets, green beans, ,squash, cucumbers, lettuce, cauliflower, cabbage, and hot peppers of all sorts. tomatoes, my favorite, are starting to ripen and the corn is looking good! I love the food that come out of our garden, but the truth is I don’t really deserve any of it.

My husband does all the work. I just get to enjoy it. I thank him for all that hard work! and all the wonderful veggies!

There’s lots of lessons to be learned from gardening. Jesus used farming  to illustrate many points to his followers. Consider the words from the above verse: See how the farmer waits for the land to yield its valuable crop. We often talk about reaping what we sow (good or bad), but we forget there’s another step in the process.

THE WAITING.

If you’re like me, you don’t like to wait very much And it’s only getting worse thanks to technology. We become impatient when things don’t happen on our time schedule. If it doesn’t happen when we expect it to, then we assume it’s not going to happen and we give up. When we do that, then the garden becomes overgrown with weeds and we don’t get to harvest the good things we sowed.

Only God knows the waiting time needed for what we sow.

It’s our job to keep sowing the seeds of love and goodness while ripping out the weeds of anger, bitterness, jealousy, and disappointment. If we want to reap the rewards of what we’ve sown, we must continue to take care of the garden while we wait for the harvest of our rewards.

If my husband planted the seeds and plants in his garden and then forgot about them, we wouldn’t get all those wonderful veggies. While he waits for the rewards of what he’s sown, he continues to take care of the plants.

And that is what we must do as well.

SHARING TIME: What life lessons does gardening or farming teach you?

Until next time…God Bless & Good Reading!

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