An Act of Worship

My husband built raised beds in our back yard the summer we were first married.  We enjoyed a small crop of yummy vegetables and some fruit, but our space was limited.  As we enjoy spring this year, it is our second season of having a large garden.  We had to decide what we would actually eat, rather than what we had space for.  Both of our children are responsible for a small section and they love helping, especially with the watering.

As we enjoyed the sunshine and watering chores today, I realized that gardening is an act of worship for me.  It is not always something I think of wanting to do with my time, but when I am by the plants, it fills my heart with humble thanksgiving to God.  His intricate design of the plants and how He causes them to grow, teaches me more about His character.  He is an amazing Creator that is intimately connected to all that He makes.  God is life-giving in all that He does.

Healthy nourishment from the hand of God is more healing to the soul, more refreshing to the mind, and more life-giving to the body than anything that man could ever contrive.  Gardening to the best of our ability is to be considered an act of worship to the Creator.  Thoroughly enjoyable and offered up with humble thanksgiving. 

God began the world with creating life.  He made a perfect garden.  One with no blemishes, weeds, or pests.  “And God said, “Let the earth sprout vegetation, plants yielding seed, and fruit trees bearing fruit in which is their seed, each according to its kind, on the earth.” And it was so.  The earth brought forth vegetation, plants yielding seed according to their own kinds, and trees bearing fruit in which is their seed, each according to its kind. And God saw that it was good.  And there was evening and there was morning, the third day” (Genesis 1:11-13). 

On the third day of anything being in existence, God spoke nourishment and beauty into the earth.  Before man was even formed, his provision was in place.  God does not form life without its plan for sustenance already being decided upon.  There is no rushing.  Only perfection.  Even knowing that man’s sin would take him from the perfect garden, God allowed Adam to be created there.  To witness God’s original plan.  To learn the care and purpose of His creation.  “And God said, “Behold, I have given you every plant yielding seed that is on the face of all the earth, and every tree with seed in its fruit. You shall have them for food” (Genesis 1:29).

God spoke nourishment and beauty into the earth.  Before man was even formed, his provision was in place.

God saw that everything He had made was very good.  He knew it would feed man and all the rest of His creation.  As man’s sin would make life harder, God knew that growing food would teach man.  Working against the affects of a fallen world, the process would change, but never the purpose.  God would nourish His children.

God’s creation of His plants teaches me more about His character.  When I see the plant’s growth and the details involved, it reminds me to trust God as He perfects details of growth in my own life.  He uses the falling rain to nurture the plant, the blowing wind to make it stronger, and the heat of the sun to complete its growth.  On their own, each of these factors might seem stressful if one did not understand its purpose.  But, in His wisdom, the Creator allows all of them combined to form a perfect plant.  He allows things in my life, that are stressful, to form me into a godly person.  I may not always understand, but I can always trust Him.

“…look up and see!  It’s hard to believe what’s become of me.  From the messy, dark place I grew and grew.  From a seed to a tree–only the Farmer (God) knew.”  (Lysa TerKeurst “It Will Be Okay”)

I learn and am nourished from the garden.  Just like He created it…

{“It Will Be Okay,” is an excellent children’s book that uses the illustrations of gardening and a growing seed to teach your children to trust God through fear and change.  I’m not being compensated in any way; it is simply a mom’s recommendation! Thanks for reading.}

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