Why another garden story? Because God says so. Sometimes when I write, it is for someone else and sometimes it is for me. This one is for me. Before and while writing this blog, the enemy tried to deceive me into thinking I could not consistently write a blog. But God said it, I did it and here we are two plus years later. So, when God says another garden story, I write. He gently and continuously reminds me that through Him, I can do all things. I can write anything, anytime because He gives the increase. He makes it new and refreshing.
In the previous post, Flowers from the Garden, I shared that I help tend a community garden. I enjoy my time in the sunshine, the dirt on my hands, the fresh air, and time spent with others with like-minded pleasures. And of course, I like the fruit of my labor. We harvested squash in multiple varieties, beans, peas, okra, eggplant, salad greens, and herbs, to name a few. And I cannot forget the tomatoes, tomatoes, and more tomatoes. The bugs had a tasty snack on some and other critters targeted them for their own meals and pantry. Speaking of critters, let me tell this hilarious story.
The corn was growing tall and healthy. The kernels were filling in and the silk was beginning to show. I was awaiting time to harvest corn for fried corn, corn on the cob, and corn chowder. Garden day arrives with the grandchildren in tow. The main garden tender suggested they pick some corn. He knew that the squirrels had been snacking but to his dismay, there was no corn left to gather, not one ear. The squirrels had eaten the corn off the cobs while still on the stalks. They pushed down the stalks like they used them for a bed. But I guess they needed a siesta after eating that much. It looked like a storm had come through. So, no corn for the grands to pick. But I looked forward to another day to get corn because it was still bearing. On the next garden day, the man in charge told this story about the evil squirrels. They not only ate the corn, they took it off the stalks, then to the garden table and ate them. I figured they wanted him to know they were civilized squirrels with good table manners.
Well, my garden season is fast approaching an end. When the weather cools as the fall approaches, the present produce will fade away. But a new crop of cool weather plants will surface.
Experiencing the vibrant colors, fresh smell, and life in the garden was good for me. I am grateful for some lessons I was reminded of from the garden and share them with you today.
- Do not sweat the small stuff. In the scheme of eternity, everything is small stuff.
- Life happens. Learn to laugh a lot. Laughter does good like a medicine and it has no side effects.
- There are seasons and cycles for growth. Go with God’s flow. He always has a good and expected plan for you.
- Even with the proper preparations, everything does not work out as you planned. Do your best and expect God do the rest.
- Take the God opportunities presented to you. Something is always growing in the garden of life.
Harriet Noel Jones