It is amazing to me how fast the weeds seem to grow in my garden. It does not seem that long ago that I spent a couple days, hand pulling weeds, hoeing and mulching that garden. Here one week later I need to do it all over again.
After hanging up a load of wash I thought I would venture over to the garden and unfortunately no one had taken care of the weed problem. I crawled over my chicken wire panels (to keep out the rabbits) and started pulling them out (the weeds).
In my years of gardening I have found out that you must be diligent in the care and maintenance of a garden plot. In my years of living I have also found out I must be diligent with the care and maintenance of my spiritual life. In both cases if I do not maintain them regularly the “weeds” will outgrow the plants and eventually kill them. I digress….
I also discovered that I have been having a visitor to my fenced in garden area. I found two new “doorways” along the back fence. A woodchuck has burrowed under the fence and been helping himself to my lettuce and carrots. I have filled his “doorway” back up with dirt but I have a feeling he will be back.
This is an old picture of a woodchuck that we named Chuck (very creative right?) He used to come “visit” our house quite often. He even spent the winter in our garage back when we had a dirt floor. I think our new visitor might be one of his descendants that is terrorizing my vegetables. Now if I could just train them to eat the weeds and leave the vegetables.
For some reason he does not seem to eat the onions. This fact is totally understandable to my husband who doesn’t want to eat them either.
Gardening is an ongoing struggle to stay ahead of the weeds and various critters who think I have planted it just for them. It is worth the struggle!
Much of life is like gardening. It can be a lot of work that needs to be done over and over again. There are always plenty of “weeds” waiting to take over and just suck the joy out of life. But don’t give up. There is a harvest coming. That is a promise I am hanging on to.
Until then I will water, weed, and enjoy the journey of life and gardening.
Enjoy your weekend and may you find joy in your journey.
In simple humility,
let our gardener God,
landscape you with the Word,
making a salvation
-garden of your life.
James 1: ~21