harvest basketAfter 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 (i.e. dwindling debt). A third novel manuscript (plus articles, a non-fiction book for parents with special-needs children, and several devotional books). And I can hardly wait to see the full harvest.

(While this originally posted in 2010, you can find more Devotions From the Garden on the Books page.)

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

Harvesting A Good Crop
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