Meeting God in the Garden: Planting

Today I’m sharing an excerpt from my book Newness of Life, from the chapter based on this scripture:

A time to plant and a time to harvest.

Ecclesiastes 3:2 NLT

In February I get the itch to shop for seeds, and I choose the slowest-growing varieties, like pansies and strawberries, to start inside under fluorescent lights.  When I started fast-growing peas inside in February, they were eight inches tall when the ground was still frozen.  If I start watermelon or cucumber seeds inside, I must wait until April, because they will languish outside until the late spring sunshine warms the soil.  I have to plant the right varieties at the right time, because there is a time to plant.

The first green sprouts give me hope on cold, dreary winter days.  Their newness of life tells me spring is coming, good wins out, and heaven is waiting.  They chase away my winter blues with the promise of new life.

These tiny seedlings are so fragile.  I check them several times daily to make sure they aren’t too dry or too wet.  Once they set four leaves, I can remove the plastic cover which serves as a greenhouse.  Proper moisture is crucial but almost impossible to maintain.  I always lose a few seedlings to rot or drought.  That’s why I plant more than I need, knowing some seeds will never reach fruition.  Reaching out to others is like that.  Not everyone will accept friendship or kindness, but I need to give it freely anyway, since I want to be as kind and generous as Jesus.

When the seedlings are about an inch tall, I must brush my hand over them several times a day.  The gentle brushing strengthens their stems and prepares them for windy days.  If I don’t brush them, they will suffer upon transplanting.  Like the little plants, I need “brushing” in my life too.  If I don’t face little trials daily, I won’t be strong enough to face larger storms.

Did you enjoy this excerpt? If so, I hope you’ll check out Newness of Life today!

Question for reflection:

What do you need to plant more in your life to freely give to others?

What kind of “brushing” are you enduring now?

Join me again tomorrow as my blog series “Meeting God in the Garden” continues. In the meantime, check out the other posts in this series:

Take a virtual tour of my garden

Read my first guest interview with Barb Bailey

Check out my post on finding beauty in the garden

Visit with Michele Morin, fellow blogger and gardener

Read Part 1 and Part 2 of Weeding My Heart’s Garden

Read my post on the best soil for your heart’s garden

Enjoy a stroll through wildflower-covered woods with Leslie Newman

My book The Fruitful Life is a study on the fruits of the spirit, and my book Newness of Life is about trusting in God’s perfect timing.  Both books are available now on Amazon.

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22 thoughts on “Meeting God in the Garden: Planting

  1. Love how you compare friendship to those tender seedlings. You are right, not every friendship will blossom, but that doesn’t mean we should give up trying. I can’t wait for our interview, I’ve got it on my schedule for next week. Look forward to sharing my best gardening wisdom with your readers.

  2. I love this: “Not everyone will accept friendship or kindness, but I need to give it freely anyway, since I want to be as kind and generous as Jesus.” I am guilty of not wanting to give friendship or kind deeds when I’ve had multiple rejections over a short period of time. However, if I want to be like Jesus I must.

    1. Hi Rosanna, I’ve been reading the book Craving Connection (I have a review of it on my Book Reviews page), and it’s helped me in this struggle. Maybe it will help you too!

  3. I’ve had my share of seedling successes and failures over the years of gardening! Thank you so much for these thoughts that are ringing so true with me today, “I have to plant the right varieties at the right time, because there is a time to plant.” I needed this reminder today, that our Master Gardener is sowing the right seeds at the right time in my own life as well! –Blessings to you today!

  4. Sarah I love your analogies to gardening. I have a black thumb so I would never attempt your indoor gardening, but I’m really enjoying and getting a lot of insight out of your posts. You’re helping me to ‘Meet God in the Garden’ 🙂
    Praying God blesses the sales of your books to increase faith in others to trust Him as the good gardener.
    Be Blessed & Refreshed,
    ~Sherry Stahl

    1. Hi Sherry, your kind words bless me today! I’m glad even a black-thumb gal is gaining from my posts, as that was my hope! Blessings to you too!

  5. Well no wonder I’m always killing plants. I learned a few things about plant-care here today. 🙂 Love how you beautifully blend the connections, Sarah. God likes to provide us object lessons for life if we’ll look for them. Thanks for looking and for sharing, Sarah. ((xoxo))

    1. Hi Brenda, glad you learned a few things. Blessings to you, friend! Can’t wait to meet you at She Speaks.

    1. Hi Crystal! Always glad to link up with you. Blessings to you this weekend!

    1. That’s neat! I like sharing plants with friends too, and several plants in my garden make me think of others who shared them with me.

  6. plant more than you need, because some won’t make it to fruition – hmm definitely something to think on for a while. Thanks for linking up with #TuneInThursday this past week.

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