Friday, August 9

Appreciating Fresh Ingredients

Nothing beats the ability to pick fresh green beans at 5 o'clock and serve them for dinner at 7 o'clock! We grow squash, broccoli, beans, tomatoes, onions, potatoes, peppers, and cucumbers during the summer. We just planted carrots, pumpkins, and turnips for the fall. I have a great appreciation for God's creation.

our garden in late June

He provides for our needs every night, but when we attempt to store up the harvest in doubt of God, we sin against Him. The garden is a great analogy to our relationship with Christ. He promises a harvest, but we must weed and water regularly. If we allow the weeds to grow too long, it becomes an impediment to the harvest, and can even choke out the vegetables. It takes frequent hard work to foster a garden, but when cared for correctly, the harvest can be shared with many. Our family processed over 200 tomatoes alone, and gave away many vegetables to neighbors and friends. The bounty was simply too great! It's easy to appreciate fresh ingredients!

Even though it takes much work to keep the weeds out, tomatoes staked, and pruned, the joy associated with harvesting and sharing the harvest makes everything worth it. The Lord doesn't promise an easy life with Him, but he promises eternal joy when we dwell in his presence. Amen!

L.B. Cowman's "Streams in the Desert" devotional eloquently states, "Oft we run from the purging and pruning, forgetting the Gardner knows that the deeper the cutting and trimming, he richer the cluster that grows." 


  1. Praising God for the abundant harvest with you. I agree that the garden provides many spiritual applications.

  2. One day I plan on having a large garden, we rent so it's not allowed right now but I totally agree!

  3. Love your analogy; had not thought of it that way... I better go weed!


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