A childhood friend of mine, Sue Wright Coleman, has always loved "digging in the dirt." It has been a favorite hobby, passion and pastime as long as I can remember. Over the past year, Sue's husband, Tim, was taking a walk in their neighborhood and found a pile of windows being discarded in the trash. He promptly walked up to the door and asked if he might haul them away for the owner. Suddenly Sue and Tim found themselves the proud owners of numerous old windows in various shapes and sizes. Since Sue has always desired a greenhouse of her own, Tim set about planning out how to implement these windows into a fully functioning greenhouse. Their story is amazing and it's complete with pictures. In fact, the picture introducing the link is one of the final product.
During this month under the link "The Greenhouse" we hope you enjoy reading about their love for gardening to build a homemade greenhouse.
Look! God is showing you something. Do you see it?
by Sue Wright Coleman
It’s amazing that we go through our days and never really see what’s out there. In recent months I watched as my husband, Tim, took old, dirty and abandoned windows and turned them into a beautiful growing space, I call my greenhouse. As with any project, some down and dirty work had to be carried out first. This venture began in the cold and wet temperatures of winter. As Tim dug footings and poured concrete to form a firm, sturdy and durable foundation, our boots would become so tightly stuck in the mud we almost stepped out of them! Next came the cinderblock which were placed precisely so they would withstand the weight they would be expected to bear. Of course, being winter some days were so cold only a few hours were put in on the project.
Then the dirty old abandoned windows were placed out in the yard, measured and rearranged several times before being assembled in their exact place. With a lot of hammering, sawing, twisting and turning, I began to see a glimpse of the final result. Finally, a roof, water collection barrels and irrigation system were put in place; each having a contribution to the entirety of the greenhouse. A roof provides shelter while the water and irrigation provides life to thirsty plants. At last, I began to dig in the dirt and plant seed. We watched as they spouted, gained strength and were transplanted into the outside garden. Needless to say, we have certainly enjoyed the “fruits of our labor”.
Seeing the whole project come together reminded me of how God takes us and turn us into a person who can provide the same things as my greenhouse. It can be slow progress and sometimes we get stuck in the mud and the going is slow, but God can take our old nature, dirty with sin, and cleanse us so his light shines through us. Turning our lives over to the Lord provides an environment where people can grow and produce seeds just like the flowers and vegetables growing in my greenhouse. So, watch out! Look! God is showing you something every day. Do you see it??
Thank you God for giving me this life experience with my husband and teaching me to look out and to be aware that you are showing me something I need to see. Amen