Harvest His Blessings: Part 2

Big happenings in the garden this week!   Tomatoes to tie up . . .

Already bearing fruit with the promise of more to come . . .

Not so, though, in the green bean patch.  Oh!  The carnage of it all!  Villain bunnies at it again – and this time they ate it all gone!

Well . . . almost all gone.

I’d say our green beans got quite a pruning.  Not that we can blame the bunnies at all.  They only did what comes naturally.  When succulent green bean sprouts lay open to prey – unprotected as ours were, well, what else do you suppose would happen?  An attack, of course.

Now, you might think that those sweet, cuddly looking little bunny rabbits could not possibly possess such a dark side.  And, yet, just as those we love best, appear on the outside so harmless . . .

. . . they have within them the potential to be God’s pruning shears in our lives.
 
The sense of foreboding was upon us when our young garden detectives observed a hint of trouble last week.  At that time, only a handful of sprouts had fallen to ravenous rabbit appetites.  It was determined to erect a defensive line.  But, even with the best of intentions – fortress fencing arrived too late.  The damage was done.  And – it wasn’t pretty!

Leaves that lushly swayed in the breeze the week before were rabbit fodder today.  Only slim, bare stalks remained.  A loss!  A total loss!

But, for the bud . . . there . . . in the center . . . see?   Hope still!

To be sure, the green bean bin was not nearly so lush at the watermelon patch . . .

. . . and, nary a flower to be seen promising fruit in its season, as so prevalent in the aforementioned tomatoes.

But, despair not!  Our hardy garden hands detected life yet – beyond the pruning – new life sprouting on the other side of seeming destruction.   For, this attack had not escaped the eye nor hand of the gardener who now spreads the net of compassion –

. . . enfolding the green bean patch in the protective measure of a deterrent shield across which all rabbits dare not tread.  Scarecrow Sam stands – a lone sentinel on guard.  And, in the words of Amy Carmichael:

“But God is the God of the waves and the billows, 
and they are still His when they come over us; 
and again and again we have proved 
that the overwhelming thing does not overwhelm. 
Once more by His interposition deliverance came. 
We were cast down, but not destroyed.”

Green beans will be on our harvested menu, yet!

Attacks happen in life.  We reach out with supple leaves into the world, ever vulnerable to attack on any number of fronts.   This may come in the form of discouragement, failure, offenses borne, hurting our tender heart like so many tender bean shoots nibbled away.  And, there is pain.

But, in the pain – healthy pruning happens – if we have the wisdom to embrace it and seek the Lord.  His arms enfold us like a protective netted fence – bringing healing – and hope.  For, as the root remains stabilized in the fertile soil of God’s Word and Will – when we can do naught but patiently endure the attack, we can be confident that such an attack does not go unnoticed by our Maker – He who tends us as a Master Gardener.

Sometimes the pruning attacks are allowed for God’s greater purposes – drawing us out to grow anew – destined still to bare fruit in our season.  Miss Jeanette, our resident garden expert, was not so very surprised at the stripping of the string beans.  She’s seen that before.  And, she knew there was still life beyond the pruning – and hope.  Now, in the wake of seeming disaster, comfort comes – and the beans are surrounded with security to blossom and grow.

This whole year has been a pruning time for me.  There are things being cut away that have appeared good – but are inhibiting future growth for best.  As the foliage in my life clears – even though there be the accompanying pain, I can see more focused beyond the fray.  My fruit is far off, but I feel the comforting touch of my Master.  He surrounds me secure – trusting Him, I need not fear even cuddly bunnies.  They’ll only eat away what He determines is best for me – in Him I will come to full fruit.  A difficult lesson, to be sure, but truth, nonetheless.

“I wish Thy way.
And when in me myself should rise,
and long for something otherwise,
Then Lord, take sword and spear
And slay.”
Amy Carmichael
I am sharing Part 2 of Harvest His Blessings with:
Trish’s L.A.C.E. Wednesday at Lily-Rose Cottage
Good Morning Girl’s Women in the Word Wednesday
Laura’s Brag on God Friday at Behold Glory
Charlotte & Ginger on Spiritual Sundays

NOTE:  All this great gardening and growth in God is happening at Calvary Chapel Vineland
 

Comments

  1. Thank heaven we don’t have any bunnies visiting our garden. For I hear they can be really bad pests!

  2. What a great post! This is a lot of work but as with anything else it reaps great rewards. Your cup has shipped and I am anxious to see if you like it. I have never seen a teacup w/ lid so it will be fun to see it.

  3. Hi: I have never been able to grow a melon. Lucky lady. Have a wonderful weekend. Blessings, Martha

  4. Beautiful Garden! Beautiful post!
    ~Donna~

  5. Hi Kathy,
    We really enjoyed your program at the library on Tuesday! Justin is still talking about those hats and the naughty monkeys!
    Sorry about the bunnies. We had squirrels eat all of our strawberries last year! We covered them this year with netting so we could enjoy some too!
    Michele
    http://koreamom.blogspot.com
    I love your blog and am enjoying reading it!

  6. It is such a treat to stop by and see what you have been up to…and get a little inspiration from the sentiments you share. Have a great Friday, Miss Kathy! xo

  7. Hi Miss Kathy,
    Pleased to see the bunnies left a little of the green beans to sprout again.they should be
    sweeter for the struggle to save them.

    Enjoy the fruit of your labour
    God Bless
    Barb from Australia

  8. We all suffer pain and loss at the pruning of the Master, but Praise Him, He is a Master Gardener. Unlike those bunnies, we can trust Him! The beauty is that even when we are nipped away at by something that was not His hand, we know that He is there to pick us up again and restore what the locusts consumed.

    Another beautiful teachable moment, and a garden that is something these kids will never forget!

    Blessings, Debbie

  9. Hi Miss Kathy, Oh those little cuties can be so destructive, but thankfully they did not pull them out by the roots. LOL~~ Your determination will certainly pay off in time and the beans be better then ever. God Bless your harvest!!

    Thank you for stopping by and your kind comment for WBC.
    Many Blessings, Celestina Marie

  10. I think this one is a grand lesson. What a wonderful God we have. He not only uses you to teach children through the garden, He lets you bring it us too. You had no way of knowing that a stripped down green bean from Georgia would need these words very much this morning, but HE did.

  11. This was such a great post, Kathy. I continue to be completely enraptured by the ongoing “saga” of The Garden and the Marauding Bunnies! But, there are so many lessons to be found in the garden analogy. I love what you brought out. Yes, I feel like I’m in a bit of a pruning season – and yes, it’s tough. But, your words really touched my soul. Especially the part where you said sometimes He even cuts away the good, to make room for the best. That was something I’ll be pondering today…

    GOD BLESS!

  12. Ah, bummer. Pretty cuddly animal to be so destructive. I hope they all (the beans, not the bunnies) come back for you.

  13. Sad that the beans suffered a setback, but good to have a remedy. I like your gardening analogies. Thank you for sharing.
    Blessings,
    Charlotte

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