I’m very excited about this series of devotions I’m starting this week, chronicling the mid-week VBS at our church. Normally, I spend my summer in the throes of theatrics producing a big family theatre stage show. However, we took the summer off from such ventures, and I felt I had the time to lend a hand with the VBS alongside my husband and daughter who regularly work in the children’s ministry.
I was thrilled with the ministry plan to use some of our unique talent at church and build a weekly program around the planting, tending, and harvesting of a garden on our church grounds.
Jeanette (whom you shall meet later this summer in a post all her own) is an expert gardener specializing in flowers for all occasions – grown by her own hands! Her command of the soil and the flora it produces make her the go-to-person among us for all things green and growing.
The task was to illustrate Galatians 5:22:
Rabbit villains were not the only dangers in the garden. BUGS! Beetles, in fact!
The particular bug observed in this case was NOT a good bug. Discerning this, Miss Jeanette gave us all a lesson in organic gardening:
Joy and gladness fill the heart in the garden as we drink in the sweet aromas of our herb patch! Here, rub your fingers on one of the leaves – parsley, sage, rosemary, and thyme – bring your fingers to your nose and smell the goodness!