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.