Sunday, April 3, 2016

Cultivating Creativity & Carrots!

By Edie Melson @EdieMelson

But all things must be done properly and in an orderly manner. I Corinthians 14:40

Cultivating Creativity and Carrots!
Spring is here and so many of the people we know are busy planting gardens. As I listened in on one recent conversation, I was drawn back to one summer when I decided to try my hand at gardening.

Our boys were young, and we had decided—for some unremembered reason—that planting a vegetable garden would be a great idea. I can’t imagine that either my husband or I would have had the time or energy—after keeping up with three active young boys—to really take care of it. Oh, the optimism of young parents.

But we were optimistic, and so we began. We used an old tiller, plowed up a small bit of ground, and planted a variety of seeds. One of the vegetables I was most looking forward to eating fresh out of the garden was carrots. When it came time to plant the carrots, I was amazed at how tiny the dark seeds were in the palm of my hand. I remembered the man at the garden center warning us to plant the seeds sparingly, but the seeds were so small, and I really wanted a large crop of carrots. So I sprinkled them thickly in the ground. After all, I figured, if a few were good, more would be better.

Adding too much can leave us with nothing.
Those of you who are expert gardeners are probably beginning to grin, because you already know what happened. I think every single one of those tiny seeds took root and sprouted. As they grew, in a few short weeks they became a tangled mess, fighting for nutrients and space. Then, after lifting a couple of inches of green toward the sun, every single one of those carrots withered and died. I was left with nothing more than the bitter taste of disappointment and discouragement.

How is your garden?
As this memory resurfaced, I found myself asking God why it had come to mind. I realize that I’d been looking at my calendar and I heard God warning me, once again, that my life was becoming crowded by saying yes to too many things. He was warning me to plant fewer seeds and take time to nurture them. Otherwise I’d find myself with an empty garden, with nothing but withered endeavors from pouring too many good things into my life.

So I ask you, how is your garden? Is it well-ordered and taken care of? Or, in your desire too accomplish much, are you also crowding out any hope of reaping a harvest?  

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14 comments:

  1. Excellent, thought-provoking message, Edie!

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    1. Dennis, it hit me right between the eyes! Blessings, E

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  2. As always, you are right on time with this bit of encouragement. I had put aside the desire to plant a garden this year, knowing that I had too many other projects. Something would suffer neglect if I took on any more. Yesterday, the garden center at a big box lumber center enticed me with lush displays of everything garden. I literally fled from the temptation to load my cart. Still, I felt somehow lazy. As if I was defying the norm. You have encouraged me to hold firm, not be tempted. Thank you for that validation.

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    1. Sharon, good for you! Stay strong - Blessings, E

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  3. Oh this brings back memories of failed attempts at being Farmer Brown. I did the same thing and when all the plants came up I couldn't bear to uproot the cute things. That was the only year we did a garden! What a great analogy of how crowded our lives can become.

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    1. Barbara, I admire those who garden regularly! Thanks for sharing your experience, Blessings, E

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  4. This is so true,Edie. You can get so busy doing good, you're too busy to do the best. You have to be ever watchful. God bless what He has in store for you.

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    1. I completely agree with Tim. Doing a lot (read too many) good things can make us miss God's best for our lives.

      The story about planting too many carrots brings back memories of a few years ago. I'd planted carrots for my first vegetable garden and got very few. Later that spring, I went to plant a flower in a pot and when I dug into the soil I found an unpicked 4" long carrot!

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    2. Tim, you are so right! Great insight, Blessings, E

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    3. Ellen. That's awesome! Blessings, E

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  5. Timely posts. I'm embarrassed to confess I don't usually read the Sunday posts. The title caught my eye so I read it. My husband and I had just finished a conversation about priorities. I'm overwhelmed at my day job which leaves little productive time for my passion, writing.

    I have some weeding in my future. Thanks for a timely post.

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    1. Sharron, I never expect anyone to read this blog every day! I'm like you, though. There is definitely some weeding time in my near future! Blessings, E

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  6. Yes, I agree with you all. However, I am going to have my little garden because it's what I can do to unwind and take time to listen to the Lord. But not carrots!

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    1. Jennifer, I think that's GREAT! I wish I had a green thumb. I've considered starting out small with a container garden - just a few tomatoes. Maybe you've inspired me. Blessings, E

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