Harvest His Blessings: Part 4

Our adventures this week involved big giants, little pests, and proliferating unfriendly plants aplenty!

After a hot and sunny week with temperatures hovering around 100 degrees, everything that could be growing in our garden seemed to be growing in our garden.  Not all growing things, though, were welcome.

WEEDS!  Each week our gardeners have been diligently inspecting and de-weeding – pulling them out from the roots to keep them from stealing all the soil nutrients intended for fruitful plants.  For some reason, though, the weeds really took over this week!  However, not in equal doses.

It would seem that, while the herb garden’s parsley, sage, rosemary, and thyme was fragrant in abundance and scant of weeds . . .

. . . the watermelon patch was swimming in them!

And, that wasn’t the only problem with our watermelons!  Here you can see, health and disease exist side by side.  Life and death.  One grows fat and the other shrivels to decay cutting short what might have been a life of potential and opportunity.

Then, too, as we see here, one grows fat with health and hope, while the other – though off to a good start – has suffered an attack, splitting it open where it’s interior has been ravaged by culprits bent on destruction.

I am reminded of the “Parable of the Soils” in Matthew 13:18-23:

“Now listen to the explanation of the parable about the farmer planting seeds:  The seed that fell on the footpath represents those who hear the message about the Kingdom and don’t understand it. Then the evil one comes and snatches away the seed that was planted in their hearts.  The seed on the rocky soil represents those who hear the message and immediately receive it with joy.  But since they don’t have deep roots, they don’t last long. They fall away as soon as they have problems or are persecuted for believing God’s word.  The seed that fell among the thorns represents those who hear God’s word, but all too quickly the message is crowded out by the worries of this life and the lure of wealth, so no fruit is produced.  The seed that fell on good soil represents those who truly hear and understand God’s word and produce a harvest of thirty, sixty, or even a hundred times as much as had been planted!”  NLT

Which “seed” in which “soil” are you?   Are you on the path to a one hundred fold return on the investment of God’s Spirit and Word in your life?

Weeds come to steal, kill, and destroy – though they are not the only villains in the field.  Evidence of unfriendly garden insects tell us there are other things gardeners must be on the look-out for to protect their crop.  Here we see a healthy garden leaf playing unintended host to a mud wasp!

And, even with the best of new fence fortresses – it seems bunnies are still nibbling, though not at quite the destructive rate they were prior to the fence . . . 

. . . even so – weeds infect the green beans – as if bunnies weren’t enough.  Some veggis just never get a break!  They appear to suffer at all costs in their journey to bear fruit.

Know anybody like that?  Know that Gardener God remains vigilant in the fight towards fruitfulness?

Speaking of fruitfulness – though garden battles happen – fruitfulness happens, too!  Just look at the bounty we’re bringing forth!  Fattening zucchini . . .

. . . tomatoes, and then some . . .

. . . and cucumbers picked fresh and sliced up for gleeful consumption!

Oh, and that giant I mentioned at the outset?  A visitor, really, from a neighboring farm . . .

Thirteen feet of sunflower!  Whew!  Now, there bounty for you!

There are many new natural energy uses that sunflowers are good for, and farmers are starting to plant more of these larger varieties that can be turned into fuels – renewable – and an ever present reminder as they grow – reaching high into the sky, their eyes ever upward – looking to the life-giving sun from which they get their name.

May we all follow this noble flower’s example:  Grow!  Reaching high – our eyes ever upward – looking to the Life-giving Son of God – from Whom we take our name – CHRISTian.

I am sharing Part 4 of Harvest His Blessings with:
Laura’s Brag on God Friday at Behold Glory
Charlotte & Ginger on Spiritual Sundays
Graceful’s Hear It on Sunday, Use It on Monday

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

About Miss Kathy

"I teach families how to restore their God-given authority as the primary educator in their child’s life through the experience of reading together as a family. Learn how to use literature to create teachable moments, build strong minds, and bind loving hearts."

Kathryn Ross, writer, speaker, and dramatist, ignites a love of literature and learning to equip young and old towards developing a Family Literacy Lifestyle—reading together, learning together, loving together. Her works challenge families to deepen their literacy skills and grow into the greater things God has purposed for them. She’s taught in Christian and homeschool circles, trained in the Principle Approach® through the Foundation for American Christian Education. Miss Kathy owns Pageant Wagon Publishing, producing homeschool enrichment materials, devotional works, study guides, and theatrical dramas for church, school, and community production. She podcasts at TheWritersReverie.com and blogs at PageantWagonPublishing.com.

Comments

  1. It is so sad to see the possibility of something but destroyed, but the good thing is there are still things to be harvested.
    Cher Sunray Gardens

  2. I love visiting this garden with you! The pictures are wonderful – and may I just say that that is the BIGGEST sunflower I have EVER seen!

    There are so many wonderful lessons to be learned from gardening, isn’t there? And the spiritual ones are the best. I’d like to think that I am good soil, and that the Master Gardener is currently tilling and weeding – and also watering a lot, too! I’m thinking that His careful hands are making me ready for a bountiful harvest of fruit in the near future.

    GOD BLESS!

  3. Lessons and examples everywhere! Thanks for sharing these gardening photos, Kathy! Wow, the sunflower is amazing! Have a blessed Sunday~
    xoxo

  4. What a lovely garden and post! And what great helpers you have there! I do believe you’re reading my mind! Only with a MUCH bigger beautifuller garden :)

    My senior mom and I did a much smaller gardening project with just some sunflowers (have you ever grown the Sunflower House? Very fun! :) ), a butterfly bush and a Mr Lincoln Rose bush. But with the weird weather, ours is not doing well at all, which is what I’m also writing about later this week :)

    Praise God, we do have wonderful neighbors who are having a bit better gardening success, like you, and are sharing with us. More wonderful Spiritual lessons of God’s awesome provision. Thanks for a sweet visit and have a blessed and cooler week!

    P.S. LOVE Calvary Chapel and their wonderful verse by verse Bible studies! :)

  5. Great post!
    We all can gain from your words.

    Love the cute and smiling faces.

  6. Love your post as I too have been taken over by weeds. Visiting from “hear it on Sunday” blpg and sure glad I found your site. I will be back.

  7. Gardening is ripe with faith metaphors, isn’t it? And speaking of weeds, I spent a couple of hours ridding my garden of them this afternoon — even though it was boiling outside!

  8. What a wonderful type and shadow of our spiritual lives…thank you for providing food for thought and meditation today! :)

  9. Thank you for sharing your garden with us. It makes such a good illustration for various scriptures.
    Blessings,
    Charlotte

  10. I don’t think I’ve told you before, but every time I come to your blog I’m just amazed at the gorgeous header photo. Just wanted to tell you.
    Charlotte

  11. I loved this post so well illustrated by your photographs, Miss Kathy. Working to grow ever heavenward!

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