4.23.2012

The One Who Makes THINGS Grow


"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.  


14 comments:

Linda said...

I love your blog. Love the pictures and the direction. I will follow - you are correct about how fun it is to find fellow believers in the blogging world.

Jaime said...

What a wonderful post. I needed to hear these words today. It just took me about half an hour to find them.

jen@ living a full life said...

What a sweet little garden.

nutschell said...

great photographs! and i love how you've managed to watch the plants' progress:)

Nutschell
www.thewritingnut.com
Happy A-Zing!

Karen Lange said...

Looks like they are off to a wonderful start! it always amazes me how God makes things grow. I am thankful for that!

Cari from Bubble Gum on my Shoe said...

I LOVED this post! It is such a simple thought, yet so intricately complicated at the same time. But we just accept our growth and go with it. The big guy already took care of all the tough stuff. Lovely.

Laura said...

Such a wonderful post!

Tracy said...

Awwww, what a great way to look back and acknowledge the wondrous works of God!

JennaQuentin said...

I love square foot gardening like this...and the great reminder! Great to meet you!

Danielle L Zecher said...

The little butternut gourd is so cute! I really enjoyed this post, and the pictures are great as well.

glitterandrainbows said...

Enjoyed this post!

Rachel said...

great post - thanks for stopping by my blog! :)

SweetMarie said...

This is a great post! What a wonderful garden! This is super for everyone, but especially for your granddaughter. I've been wanting to start a garden. I really like how your hubby and daughter planted theirs in the box and used twine as a divider. Great idea!
Marie

Shecki Grtlyblesd said...

Your garden is lovely! We recently moved, so I won't get a garden this year, but your pictures made me itch to get my hands in the dirt. Maybe I'll go plant some flowers out front. :)