by Kali Gillespie
After last week’s post on “Growing a Salad”, I was extra motivated to get out in my garden and get a few more seeds in. But like all of you, I’m sure, the days fill up fast- and I find myself squeezing so many tasks into whatever snippets of time I can find!
So I was outside, in a half hour window of time I found, with the usual drizzle of rain we had all week. I had baby in Ergo, my non-gardening grubbies on that I was trying to keep clean, and a handful of seeds that I was literally plopping them into the ground in the most unscientific, unmeasured, random way possible.
In too much of a hurry to go find the hoe, I dragged my foot along the fence I had put up (er- I mean, my hubs put up) to create a little trough, maybe only a couple of inches deep. Plop, cover and keep going. In less than 10 minutes I had planted a row of green beans, another row of sugarsnaps and a couple of short rows of lettuce seedlings. Nice!
Now don’t get me wrong…
There has definitely been work involved to get to the stage where planting can be this easy. We’ve been mulching and adding compost over the years so the soil is loose and loamy and ready. We plucked out some weeds, bought some seeds, have the tools ready to go. But the simplicity of my highly scientific observation still floored me:
Seed left in packet= No growth. No harvest.
Seed in ground + good soil = Growth! Harvest!
All it takes is just.doing.it.
I came across Mark 4 this week, and you know how sometimes scriptures just pop out at you- as though you’d never seen it before? Yeah, this was one of those times.
He also said, “This is what the kingdom of God is like. A man scatters seed on the ground. 27 Night and day, whether he sleeps or gets up, the seed sprouts and grows, though he does not know how. 28 All by itself the soil produces grain—first the stalk, then the head, then the full kernel in the head. 29 As soon as the grain is ripe, he puts the sickle to it, because the harvest has come.”
Wait a minute here! Is it really this simple? We just scatter seed, and let the good soil produce the growth?
So I’ve been pondering- and pretty much delighting in this all week. Thinking of how I can apply this truth to the rest of life beyond the garden. And I hope you can to yours. I have the belief that my seeds WILL grow when they’re in the soil. I’ve seen evidence over & over. Even when I don’t measure it out perfectly or make sure the timing is perfect or that the soil is the exact chemical composition of all the best nutrients.
In raising kids, running a business, ministering to the lost…the principle holds true. We do our part with faith and belief that it’s all going to work. He does the rest.
Now that is seriously good news!