Friday, September 4, 2009

He Is Still In The Garden

My garden has suffered a hostile takeover by the thickest and most determined weeds that ever grew.  The tidy rows of vegetables which I planted with such hope and anticipation are now being strangled by tangles of vines and stalks of weeds.  If I had pulled them out when they were small, my garden would look much different.  But I got busy.  The weeds grew fast.  And then…

I gave up.

Even so, look at what we found… Black and White Autumn Peek A Boo 2 Yes, one perfect little pumpkin.  As I was preparing to mow over a large section of garden, this beautiful little harbinger of the fall splendor to come caught my eye.

Black and White Autumn Peek A BooIt’s tiny, for sure.  And it may not last through September.  But that’s O.K. 

It’s here for now, reminding me that even in the midst of my weedy jungle, born of my own neglect, God can work a miracle.  I picture Him causing the pumpkin to grow, simply because it pleases Him.    Black and White Autumn Peek A Boo 3

In a garden I was ready to abandon, He was still busy at work. 

It made me think of other areas I’ve all but given up hope of changing.  On a personal level, and on larger scales.   

Am I tossing down my gardening gloves while God’s hands are ready to bring the fruit?  Are the size of the weeds causing me to hang back in despair?    

Kind of reminds me of Joshua and Caleb and their unwavering hold on  God’s faithfulness.  Such a little pumpkin.  Such a big lesson. 

I needed this reminder today to keep working my little plot.  To keep praying for our schools.  And for our country.  Because God is still in the garden.

And that is a wonderful thing.

Friends I’m joining today:  Amy’s Finer Things Friday, Carrie’s Friday Foto Fiesta,  and Photo Story Friday at My Chaos, My Bliss.  Come join us!   


Amy Lynne said...

My pumpkins are actually what took over my garden this year! I love that you found a little pumpkin hidden away, so cool! It looks like just a perfect size for your little man.

A Fist Full of Dandelions said...

I miss having a garden! I decided I couldn't keep up with a baby, a full time job, and everything else. It fell off my list of priorities!

Mari said...

What a pretty little pumpkin! And I really appreciated the thoughts you put with it this morning.

kaye said...

thought provoking and comforting

Here’s my photo story. happy Friday!

Heidi said...

I have hordes of grasshoppers eating my poor garden to bits. Although it is weeded it doesn't stand a chance. I sure wish I had some seagulls.
I enjoyed your inspiring words! Thanks for sharing your own little revelation.
If you'd like to stop by my blog I'm at Cake Crumbs.

cat said...

Oh wow, what a beautiful post. God's grace is amazing.

Beth@Not a Bow in Sight said...

It's easy to let the weeds choke us sometimes. Great post!

Cheryl said...

What an inspiring post!

Amy @ Finer Things said...

"God is still in the garden." What a great reminder!

Chris said...

Just seeing that pumpkin makes me long for the Autumn! Glad to see you were able to harvest something. Stupid weeds, why don't they just go bother someone else?