Spindlies and Bolting
Tuesday, May 07, 2013
Oh oh...the arugula is starting to shoot up to a flower head already. We haven't even picked any yet! And the dining room peas are getting leggy. Time for some leaves in salads!
The outdoor peas are poking up through the "lazagna" layers of leaves, newspaper and compost used for bedding down the plots last Autumn. They seem to be progressing well so far.
It is very dry here in our little shire, though. I water every day, sometimes twice a day...so ironic after the end-of-winter floods that inundated our cellar for a couple weeks (when it was too cold yet to grow anything outside).
Let's see, what are the lessons? Raising vegetables is a continuing reminder that it is "with the sweat of the brow" that we get something to eat from a garden. We are totally dependent upon GOD's sun, soil and water!
And that puts to mind the Parable of the Sower in Matthew 13, Mark 4 and Luke 10
"A farmer went out to sow his seed. As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path, and the birds came and ate it up. Some fell on rocky places, where it did not have much soil. it sprang up quickly, because the soil was shallow. But when the sun came up, the plants were scorched, and they withered because they had no root. Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up and choked the plants. Still other seed fell on good soil, where it produced a crop - a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown. He who has ears, let him hear."
If we are the seed being sown...which kind are we? A person with a hard heart unable to understand what GOD is saying to us? A shallow (spindly) person with a fickle heart, interested for awhile in what the Lord is teaching, but then turning away to something else? One who stays around as long as things are going well, but then bolts at the first signs of trouble or persecution? The one who hears Bible scriptures, understands what they are saying to him or her and chooses to live daily by them regardless to circumstances or situations? The choice is ours to grow and be healthy in each area of our lives.