"So neither the one who plants, nor the one who waters is anything, but only God, who makes things grow." 1 Corinthians 3:7
I was reminded of this scripture verse this week as my daughter and I have been watching her vegetable garden bloom. It's our first food garden here in Florida, and between the squirrels and the sandy soil, we just didn't know what to expect.
Our daughter, a science teacher, is a faithful tender to the small garden she and my husband planted mid-March.
We've been photographing its progress.
|A watermelon bud a month ago|
|Watermelon buds today|
|Butternut squash a month ago|
|Butternut today - you can see the gourd forming|
It's amazing to me how the watermelon plants know to form a watermelon, and the butternuts know they are not cucumbers. My daughter just buried the seeds, added water, and then...here you go - food.
Every morning the plants are taller and greener, and we don't do anything the night before, except go to bed. The nutrients in the soil feed the roots, and the sun draws up the shoots, and it has nothing to do with us. We just watch, and marvel.
At church yesterday, it was First Communion for the second graders. The children were all spiffed up in little suits and white dresses and shiny shoes. It hit me that these children were once babies that grew until pretty soon, they were in second grade.
The grandparents in the pews were once second graders.
We all grow taller and older, and we don't have to force it, or work at it. We just grow.
What a miraculous system. Watermelons and cucumbers and squash all sprout from tiny, simple seeds and water. Humankind sprouts in a similar way. Tiny cells implant in the fertile ground of a womb, and, there you go - people.
Life is strong and ongoing, and if we just let it be...it grows. We can certainly assist, but the life force doesn't originate with us. It is given to us, and all things, freely, by the Master Sower.
If we simply receive and don't thwart the process, we too will bloom.