Well, the fall season is certainly upon us. The grass is brown and crunchy and frost has made most everything hang their heads in anticipation of winter. But there is a busyness in our greenhouse as we are planting tomatoes, spinach, lettuce, basil and other tender herbs and vegetables. It just amazes me how what I once thought was a down season, now in the greenhouse displays a season full of life and activity.
I am having a blast “digging” in the dirt, planting seeds and anticipating a winter harvest. I have also found that the greenhouse is an excellent place for many types of seeds to be planted and a perfect place to not only talk to God, but to listen to God as I dig. He has certainly used this special place to remind me of his goodness, love, provisions and how my life is fitting into his plan.
Lessons on tending a garden is a lot like tending a life. Both need nourishment, food and water, sunlight and darkness. Darkness was the lesson God brought to my heart and mind most recently through a series of personal events. We need nourishment by digging into God’s word and we require continual sunlight to grow. Often darkness gives us needed time to rest, be still and draw near to God.
I have learned when we walk through those dark times God is with us and even though we may not realize it we are growing spiritually. This lesson was visually taught to me when a poinsettia I tended through the year gradually began to show signs of red leaves. After being stored and receiving the right amount of time in the darkness, the leaves began to show a bit of red. Had not had this plant spent time in the darkness the leaves would have remained green and it would not have reached its full potential. Because of this valuable lesson, my lovely Poinsettia will be a part of our Christmas
holiday decorations and serve as a reminder that we can bloom even after a period of
Father, thank you for the lessons that I have learned in my greenhouse. Thank you for
showing me that you walked with me in the darkness and now I can reach my full potential in
your plan for my life. Please continue to teach me lessons and guide me through each day as I
not only plant and harvest in my greenhouse, but as I plant and harvest for you each day. Amen
Written by Sue Wright Coleman