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lessons from the garden, chapter 2

June 25, 2008


1. A seed has to take root before it can show up above ground. Every day for the first week I check and double-check my rows and nothing. I know I did everything right, though, so I wait. And wait. And wait. And then one morning:

2. Clearing one problem will often make room for another one. We removed a lot of grass and the ants where very thankful. In no time, the patch of dirt destined to be a lush, fruitful garden was crawling with ants. Overcoming fear may open a door for pride. Overcoming pride may open a door for false humility (which is pride).

(And beware the counter-attack. I literally blasted a swarm of ants out of the garden and days later cannot keep them out of the kitchen sink.)

3. Weeding is tricky while you’re waiting for a seed to grow. Some things are obviously weeds, but some are harder to tell. Especially if you’re growing something new and you’re not familiar with what the seedling looks like. As much as you want to pull out the weeds while they’re small, sometimes you have to let them grow until you know for sure what you’re pulling.

Weeding at this point becomes not fun really quickly. It starts out as a relaxing exercise, and a good excuse to put on shorts and be in the sunshine. With a lot of dirt and little actual crop sprouting, though, it gets tiresome in short order. You start to wonder why weeds grow so easily and crops take their time.

4. Draw your battle lines and defend them to the death (of the grass). Carving out a rough rectangle of dirt is good, but it helps immensely to clearly draw the lines. Timothy hauled some pieces from another part of the yard over to outline the garden a couple days ago. Not only does it look better, I now know where the grass is supposed to be and where it’s not. I don’t have to worry about getting carried away and killing too much grass around the edge, and I don’t have an excuse to get lazy and let the grass slowly creep back in.

Draw your battle lines. Write them down. Post them on your mirror or fridge and hold the line like you would in a war. Because you’re in a war. Timothy and I do not watch R-rated movies unless the rating is only for war-related violence. That’s one of our lines. There have been movies that we really wanted to see, but we hold the line. We start with a 10% tithe and round up every month. There have been months that have been really, really hard to round up, but it’s one of our battle lines.

5. Finally, remember that it’s by faith and patience that we inherit the promises. Translation: when you’ve done all you can do, take a nap.

One Comment leave one →
  1. KnowYourGod permalink
    June 29, 2008 2:24 pm

    hey chica, these are very good lessons the Lord is working in you. I say working and not just teaching b/c you can walk away from a teaching and say, “oh that was nice, i should do that someday” but what the Lord works IN you will dwell there. I know you know this, but He who is faithful to start a good work in you is also faithful to complete it until the day of Jesus Christ! faith worketh patience, patience hope, and hope character and character love and love does not disappoint us. you Hold that Line

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