How are the weeds in your garden?
I have two neighbors. One has the most beautiful garden that has lush tomatoes,cucumbers, and peppers growing. It looks like something out of a magazine! To be honest, I look outside and wish I had the green thumb she had. My other neighbor on the hand, has a garden much like the one I had once upon a time. Thus, the reason I do not have an outdoor garden anymore.
Have you tried to plant a garden only to realize the work was never-ending? A farmer knows a garden must be tended to and worked daily, because the weeds and bugs can take over quickly. Many farmers never go on vacations or leave their farms because they know that leaving even for a short period of time, can have devastating outcomes to their produce.
When creating a garden there are many steps: Find a good location, plan your garden layout, choose what to plant, obtain proper seeds, plants, equipment and supplies, prepare the soil properly, plant the seeds or plants just right, keep the weeds down, control the pests, and water them appropriately. Sounds easy doesn’t it? That’s what I thought when I decided to have a small garden when my children were little. I didn’t do my homework and I bought seeds of vegetables that grew too big for my garden (pumpkins, squash, corn and potatoes). Just listing them makes me laugh.
I was a diligent farmer at first. Then I realized what I had gotten myself into. My produce had begun to grow to the size of the Giant with his Beanstalk. I could barely keep up with the amount of produce, but the size was getting comical because I had fertilized with something that had done the trick! By late October, it was out of hand. I had great pumpkins to share with family and friends, and a few good squash had been harvested, but the weeds had overtaken not only the garden, but my life!
I decided one day to see if my two children and I could tackle the weeds, but to no avail, I thought I would lose them in the tall weeds. It was time for the weed wacker. I held my head in shame, and let those weeds have it.
In James 5:7, James tells us “Be patient, then brothers and sisters, until the Lord’s coming. See how the farmer waits for the land to yield its valuable crop, patiently waiting for the autumn and spring rains. You too, be patient and stand firm, because the Lord’s coming is near.” (NIV)
I learned that being a farmer for only a season was very difficult. I was not patient, therefore I did not yield valuable crops. If I can be patient and stand firm in my Christian faith, I can yield fruit not only in my life, but hopefully in other people.
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