Daniel Fachting

This past weekend I spend about ten hours planting my garden. I had a lot of time to think and want to share some of those thoughts with you. The first thing to come to mind is that I have had a garden all my life. It is something I do every spring. While I would probably save money and time by going to the local farm market or grocery store, I’m keeping a tradition alive by growing my own. While some people get excited about picking the fresh vegetables, I like to plant stuff. I like to watch it grow.  

I thought that someday I will plant a garden and that I won’t be around to harvest, a sobering thought.  Mary Jo and I also like to freeze and can as well as give away food, because I always grow much more than we can possibly use.

Another thing I do is plant a lot more seeds than will come up. It reminds me of fishing, I never catch a fish with every cast. It’s a lot like evangelism. Yet, for every seed that grows there is a tremendous harvest. Did you know that one kernel of sweet corn will produce up to over eight hundred more kernels in a few months? How many tomatoes will come from a single plant? How many string beans will come from a single bean? If you were an alien from another planet and a gardener said that this tiny sunflower seed, when put in the dirt, will make several hundred more of itself, you would think him crazy! Yet, it happens.

I love the spring because I see miracles. Rabbits make more rabbits. Birds make more birds. Trees leaf out and blossom making more fruit. Grass turns green and grows. Plants pop out of the ground and flower. Days get warmer.  Ice and snow melt. And so many of us just take these miracles for granted. Why? Are we blind?

When I am gardening, I am sharing in the creativity of God and sharing in the miracles of new life. I am providing food for my family. Gardeners have to be people of faith and hope in that what we do will eventually result in food. Who would ever believe that putting those little hard, stone-like, bits into the soil would result in good things to eat? It won’t happen tomorrow, but in a few weeks, miracles will happen. Just watch and be awed!

“May the Lord bless and keep you. May he let his face shine upon you and give you his peace.”

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