Our Garden

I like gardening — it’s a place where I find myself when I need to lose myself.

— Alice Sebold

 

I am a champion of gardening! I am not a champion gardener; I love gardening and recommend it to all who long to connect with something more powerful and much, much greater than themselves!

We meet there, Dear Lord, You and I; digging and scratching and pulling and planting and watering and fertilizing and weeding, I revert to my childhood mud pie days. I actually remember way in the back of our yard, my sisters and I built outlines we called houses; brick, mud, sticks, pine straw, whatever we could find we used. Surely we’d come inside dirty; I don’t remember.

I do remember one time the neighbor boy from across the street pushed me into a giant mud puddle. I must have been extremely upset, as our maid who ironed for us, helped me get into clean clothes; she assured me Mother would never find out. I will never forget that kindness, that compassion, that loving understanding between the two of us.

My Granddaddy had a huge vegetable garden. He’d come home from work, change clothes, and spend the rest of the day scratching and pulling and planting and watering and fertilizing and weeding. I came by my love of gardening naturally.

My husband, on our fifth anniversary gifted me with a wheelbarrow and a pair of blue denim overhauls; a strange gift, but one that evolved into the start of my love affair with the land.

I look a sight in this world when I am digging and scratching and pulling and planting and watering and fertilizing and weeding. You don’t ever seem to mind, Dear Lord. It is there that I work and sweat and toil and exhaust myself. It is there that I lose my self and my mind is at rest-odd but true. We talk and commune with one another.

When I write early in the morning and edit and think and research and listen and wonder; I’m awestruck by the discoveries and insights You lead me through. I lose my self and my mind is at rest-odd but true.

I am thinking now of the many verses from the Bible about rest, the many verses about working, sweating, giving my all, the many verses about losing self and finding life. I have long thought those verses scary; I don’t want to lose myself; I do want rest for my mind, body, and soul; could You be leading me down Our Garden Path through understandings newly planted and tended? I wonder.

 

Whoever makes a garden
Has never worked alone;
the rain has always found it,
The sun has always known;
The wind has blown across it
And helped to scatter seeds;
Whoever makes a garden
Has all the help he needs.
~Author Unknown

 

Whoever makes a garden
Has oh so many friends:
The glory of the morning,
The dew when daylight ends,
And rain and wind and sunshine
And dew and fertile sod,
For he who makes a garden
Works hand in hand with God.
~Author Unknown

 

 

Help me find in Your Word those verses You would have me dig, scratch, pull, plant, water, fertilize, and weed through; all in fresh new soil.

 

 

Proverbs 16:3  The Message 
Put God in charge of your work, then what you’ve planned will take place.

 

 

Ecclesiastes 2:24  God’s Word Translation 
There is nothing better for people to do than to eat, drink, and find satisfaction in their work. I saw that even this comes from the hand of God.

 

 

Psalm 90:12-17  The Message 
Oh! Teach us to live well!
Teach us to live wisely and well!
Come back, God—how long do we have to wait?
and treat your servants with kindness for a change.
Surprise us with love at daybreak;
then we’ll skip and dance all the day long.
Make up for the bad times with some good times;
we’ve seen enough evil to last a lifetime.
Let your servants see what you’re best at—
the ways you rule and bless your children.
And let the loveliness of our Lord, our God, rest on us,
confirming the work that we do.
Oh, yes. Affirm the work that we do!

 

Psalm 37:4  God’s Word Translation 
Be happy with the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart.

 

 

What others think of gardens.

 

You can bury a lot of troubles digging in the dirt. ~Author Unknown

 

 

The glory of gardening: hands in the dirt, head in the sun, heart with nature. To nurture a garden is to feed not just the body, but the soul.  Alfred Austin

 

 

Everything that slows us down and forces patience, everything that sets us back into the slow circles of nature, is a help. Gardening is an instrument of grace.  May Sarton

 

 

Your mind is a garden, your thoughts are the seeds,
The harvest can be either flowers or weeds.  Author Unknown

 

 

Learn to be an observer in all seasons. Every single day, your garden has something new and wonderful to show you.  Author Unknown

 

 

 

God, Who Made the Earth

Words: Sarah B. Rhodes 1870

Music: Som­mer­lied, Her­mann von Müll­er (1859-?)

God, who made the earth,
The air, the sky, the sea,
Who gave the light its birth,
He cares for me.

God, who made the grass,
The flow’r, the fruit, the tree,
The day and night to pass,
He cares for me.

God, who made the sun,
The moon, the stars, is He
Who, when life’s clouds come on,
He cares for me.

God, who made all things,
On earth, in air, in sea,
Who if I lean on Him,
Will care for me.

When in Heav’n’s bright land
I all His loved ones see,
I’ll sing with that blest band,
“God cared for me.”

 

 

 

 

 

Champion

 

One thought on “Our Garden”

  1. Jan, you need to take the Master Gardner Course ! I enjoyed it back in 2007 and learned so much ! Many opportunities, trips , etc !

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