My garden is my place of quiet and peacefulness. Yesterday I brought in the top of a lettuce plant that had gone to seed and this morning I was taking off the tiny flowers and opening them up. The tiny seeds inside fell into the paper bag. Soon there were enough seeds in the little bag to plant plenty of lettuce in next summer’s garden.
One lettuce plant produces enough seeds to create ten future gardens. Imagine how many gardens could be created with all of the seeds from all of the plants in the garden! God is amazing. He put enough seeds in one plant to create an abundance of new plants. It’s a miracle.
Think of a maple tree. Each maple has thousands of tiny helicopters on it that will float down to earth and potentially become more maple trees. He gave us enough seed to make up for all the possibilities. Seeds falling on rocks. Seeds being eaten by squirrels. Seeds being washed away by rain. Even with all of the destruction that can happen to each maple seed, in the spring we find our yard filled with tiny maple seedlings after a few spring rains. And no matter how I clean up my garden, in the spring I find random lettuce plants growing here or there, tiny tomato seedlings sprouting where I don’t want them any more. About fifteen years ago, I planted some mustard green seeds. Every year those mustard greens still show up. They never sprout in exactly the same place, but they faithfully make an appearance wherever the wind has blown them.
As I open each miniature seed pod and scrape out the seeds, it is impossible not to realize that these seeds represent hope. They are the hope of a successful garden, not this year, but next. They are the hope of the return of spring even before winter has arrived. They are the hope of new life, of all things good, of things even bigger and better than this year. Thank God for hope. Thank God for the tiny seeds that anchor us in the faith and knowledge that life will go on. Winter does not last forever. Hardships will cease. Spring will come.
Ever since the creation of the world, his invisible nature – his eternal power and divine character – have been clearly perceptible through what he has made. (Romans 1:19)
The article in the following link was published in the latest Natural Awakenings magazine. It’s a free magazine that is usually found in our local health food store. Dennis Merritt Jones is the author and he calls his article “Mind Gardening.”
The allegory in this article is so appropriate for a lovely spring day! What do we find growing in our minds? What do we allow to take root in there? Sometimes I find my mind wandering off and pretty soon it’s off on some tangent, ruminating on some topic that had nothing to do with the first thing it was thinking about. If I go back and trace its path, I find that what led me astray was a thought of complaining or of resentment or even anger. Do I enjoy continuing down that black path of resentment and fault finding? If I do, pretty soon the thoughts coming out of my mind will grow darker and darker. They are like ugly, tangled weeds crowding out the sun.
But I have a choice. We all have a choice. No one forces my mind to follow any train of thought. It is the one place where I have true liberty. From my God given free will, I can choose to pull out those ugly thought weeds and plant beauty. God’s paradise is a beautiful place. If I keep my mind on God, His kingdom and positive ideas about life here on earth, my thoughts can be a colorful garden that is filled with a stunning variety of blooms. If my thought garden is full of sunlight and a colorful array of flowers, it will always be at the ready to help anyone in need. It’s all up to me.
The Kingdom of God is within. It is in our minds and hearts. We can create His kingdom right here on earth by sowing beautiful seeds in our minds. So, the next time you’re driving down the road and finding that your thoughts have begun to flow into a sea of self pity or complaining or anger, pluck those ugly weeds out. Plant in their place a seed of love and gratitude!
It’s always exciting to see how long the hazelnuts on our bushes can last before the squirrels take a shine to them. It has become a bit of a competition, a kind of them or me sort of mind battle. This year, they won a little, but I had the last hurrah. I discovered last night to my horror that they had stripped one of the bushes almost completely of every last nut. However, that gave me the heads up and so my husband and I got out there and saved the rest. How sad for them to discover the empty bushes later last night when they were hoping for a nice hazelnut feast overnight!
Sometimes life is like that, a kind of competition. God graciously gives us truth and there are those who would like to strip it from us. We absolutely must keep watch to make sure that the truth is not stealthily taken from us during the night. These are dark days even though the sun shines so brightly that it burns our skin. It’s so easy to be lured away from what is real and good. While we’re checking our smart phones for the latest updates, the truth could be stripped from us and we wouldn’t even know it.
Let’s watch. Let’s fall head over heals in love with the truth. Let’s make it our life. No one and nothing can take away something that has been intricately woven into the very fabric of our lives.