Talking about the harvest feels premature when plants aren’t even in the ground yet. (Here in Colorado, the typical rule is not to plant before Mother’s Day. Good thing, since it snowed yesterday.) However, no series about gardening would be complete without discussing the final product.

After months of preparing, planting, watering, weeding, thinning … and waiting in anticipation, the first vegetables are finally ready. Baskets and bowls of sugar snap peas, radishes, carrots and lettuce are transformed into salads even kids will eat. Fresh corn on the cob and yellow summer squash. Cucumbers in vinegar water and stuffed zucchini boats. And salsa from fresh-picked tomatoes, onions, garlic, jalapenos, and cilantro. Don’t forget the fall with pumpkins to carve and seeds to roast.

Harvesting. Washing. Eating. Enjoying. Storing. Sharing (especially that extra zucchini).

What about me? I’ve stirred up the rocky places of my life and let God turn my failures into rich compost. I’ve found good seeds to plant and been diligent to protect, weed, and thin the growth. I’ve done what I can do. The rest is up to God. While I wait, He causes the seeds to grow into healthy plants, capable of bearing a plentiful harvest.

What’s growing in the garden of my life? Faith. A solid marriage. The mentoring of three children. Financial stability (ie dwindling debt). A novel (plus articles, a children’s book, a non-fiction book for parents with special-needs children, and ideas for a devotional book). And I can hardly wait to see the full harvest.

What about you? What’s growing in your garden? Are you enjoying the fruit of your labor or still waiting for the harvest?

How Does Your Garden Grow? – Harvesting
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  • April 30, 2010 at 7:12 pm


    Sounds like God has abundantly supplied the fruit of your labors this year. It all sounds so delicious. Yum cucumbers in vinegar. You are making my mouth water.

    Love and Hugs ~ Kat

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