One of my earliest memories of my grandfather was his love to garden. I would spend summers with my grandparents and saw how many vegetables you can grow in a small amount of land. It was at their house where he learned to love to eat green beans, squash, zucchini and lima beans. Every night I had the opportunity to pick the vegetable I wanted for dinner. It was always something I would look forward to as a certain sacred honor, as these were not like ordinary beans. In fact, I would not eat green beans at any other time during the year. They had to be from B-daddy’s garden. My mom eventually got around my stubbornness and would tell me B-daddy had mailed them to us. To a seven year old, I bought it hook line and sinker. Besides, it was my mom who told me all about Santa and the Easter Bunny. So the green beans for dinner must have been from my grandfathers garden, even in the middle of winter.
While I loved to harvest my grandfather’s garden, I did not inherit the passion for growing fruits and vegetables. I don’t know the first thing about making a plant grow. I have never been able to get a seed to produce anything. Thought, I am really good at harvesting, I have never liked the idea of getting the right soil, planting the seeds and faithfully watering the ground every day. In a post a few weeks ago, I talked about the garden I now have, that came with the house. The soil was already prepared for different kinds of vegetables and fruit. So, this year we decided to buy pre-grown plants and see how they do. So far so good. The other day, I read a passage in the bible that hits right at this topic.
1 Corinthians 3:6-92 (NIV) I (Paul) planted the seed, Apollos watered it, but God has been making it grow. So neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but only God, who makes things grow. The one who plants and the one who waters have one purpose, and they will each be rewarded according to their own labor. For we are co-workers in God’s service; you are God’s field, God’s building.
What I realize is I may not be any good at planting seeds when it comes to growing fruit or vegetables, but I am able to plant seeds when it comes to sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ. I am able to water the seed someone else planted. I have even been given the opportunity to harvest and see people accept Jesus as their Lord and savior. Each one of us can plant the seed, water it and harvest it, because God is the one who makes it grow. In Luke 10:20 we are told, “The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.” God wants us to be His workers in the field. Too many of us have been waiting to be invited into the garden.
Today, plant a seed, water or harvest. This action will look very different depending on the situation.
• Pray with someone who is hurting
• Do something nice for someone and let them know God loves them
• Help someone in need with a physical or spiritual matter
• Give someone an encouraging word
It can be anything; the key is to make sure the other person knows it is from God.