Sunday, March 25, 2007

We Reap What We Sow!

Nothing teaches us more about life then nature, it is the ultimate reflection of our existence. Gardening in particular had become my solitude. There in the garden you are one with your surroundings. Everything can be seen through the success and failure of you “reap what you sow“. Maintaining a clean area, continuing attention to the soil needs . The implementing of nutrients with the correct amount of sun and water provide us with the ultimate of beauty. Yet we see that some thing’s are out of our hands, to much rain, not enough sun, violent storms, an occasional late frost, many things can alter our success at the end of the growing season. It is a on going lesson, that tells us when we need to step up our efforts and when we need to step back and absorb the beauty of hard work. It is this balance in nature that we allow into our being. We are merely human and we are very susceptible to the conditions in which we grow. Our
vulnerabilities are based on the circumstances with which we must face. How we survive illness, financial situations and the unexpected is continuant on our own mental well being. The ability to handle stress varies amongst us, we need to reach out to one other, support each other and love each other. For all of us will meet up with the storms in life at one time or another. It’s how we stand strong through those storms, that separates those who fall and those who survive and gain enough strength to rise above the current storms.

When I went was a child our Sunday teacher taught us
the moral of gardening, sometimes we need to be reminded.

Plant peas:
1. Peace of mind
2. Peace of heart
3. Peace of soul

Plant squash:
1. Squash gossip (talking about other people in a mean way)
2. Squash grumbling
3. Squash selfishness

Plant lettuce:
1. Let us be faithful
2. Let us be kind
3. Let us be patient
6. Let us be meek and humble

Plant beets:
1. Beat down pride
2. Beat down ignorance
3. Beat down envy
4. Beat down hatred

Plant carrots:
1. Your Bible - carry it to church
2. Love - carry it with you everywhere
3. Faith - carry it with you in times of trouble
4. Joy - carry it with you in your heart

Plant Thyme:
1. Time for Jesus
2. Time for family
3. Time for each other


Matty said...

What an inspiring teacher you had. A garden is surely a classroom. In life we surely reap what we sow. Thank you for your words, as always very thought-provoking and inspiring.

Rachel C Miller said...

HI Matty, Spring has sprung in the north east and I have been taking advantage of turning over the soil and getting root crops in.
Everyone we meet has a lesson, as a professor once said "we are like trash receptacles and everyone we meet puts a little of their trash into us." Well that sounds pretty pessimistic. I think we are a treasure box and everyone we meet places a gem inside.
Some lessons are not as nice as others. But everyone and I mean everyone you come across has something in life to share. Good or Bad, I believe the interaction with people is the only way for a success story for mankind. In Isolation we stop growing and only through experience can we master the trials of life and flourish.
I am happy that you enjoy reading and that you find them inspiring.
One thing I try to remember above all a mound of issues weighs down the spirit and kills something inside. Therefore we handle only what we can and if that is just one situation or problem or lesson. Then indeed that is what we deal with. Gardening acres of land people will come and say it is so beautiful here. It doesn't happen once, well nor for the average folks. We take one foot of soil one flower, one tree, one seed and one at a time work it into God's larger
When I am overwhelmed is when I have to take a deep breath and not dwell on those issues that drown us but hang on to those that teach us to soar.