Goal Garden

Don’t you love fresh fruit and vegetables that are local?  Our local strawberries are hitting the stores and markets now, and they are the best tasting strawberries ever!  I can’t get enough of them.  They are so sweet, you don’t need to put a bit of sugar on them, and they just make my taste buds dance in happiness.

I tried gardening for the first time ever this year.  My father made me a raised vegetable garden box, so that I don’t have to bend over, everything is at waist height, which makes it easy to weed and take care of.  I guess this is the new fad for gardening, and since I am always up for a new fad, this was my new adventure for this summer.

My parents have gardened for years and years.  Ever since I can remember, we’ve had some kind of fresh produce in the summers.  From rhubarb to yellow beans, they were always trying to grow something.  Actually, they usually grow enough for their family and mine.  My mother is always bringing me out different veggies as they are ripe and ready for the picking in her garden, because once they ripen, her and my father aren’t able to eat it all before it eventually will spoil.

I love that they are so generous with their garden and what they sow, but this year I wanted to try it on my own.  All I planted were carrots, yellow beans, green peppers and tomatoes.  I thought I would keep it small, since this is my maiden voyage at trying to sow a garden.

My father was so kind to make me the garden box, but they were both at me questioning when I was going to plant my garden.  At the first of June, it rained non-stop, then my mother ended up in the hospital, and I was consumed with her.  Nearing the end of June, I was warned by my parents that if I didn’t hurry up that I wasn’t going to be able to grow anything, so off I scurried to plant this garden at the last minute.

Once I had all my plants, I still waited, because they had brought me out fertilizer, and I didn’t know what to do with that.  Did I mix it in the water?  Did I mix it through the soil?  How much?  I was totally confused.  They just brought it to me in a Sobeys bag, so there were no instructions.  Finally, after all my procrastination, my father landed at my house to show me how everything is done and I learned as he showed me how deep to plant, how far apart, how to hold the tomato plants up, where to plant what.  I learned a lot!

Today, as I was studying Ecclesiastes, a verse jumped out at me because it is very much who I am.  Ecclesiastes 11:4 says, “If you wait until the wind and the weather are just right, you will never plant anything and never harvest anything.”

I’m not like that with just my garden.  I remember having the same kind of conversation with my dad when I was first married and they were wondering when I was going to have children.  Before I had children, I wanted to have our starter home paid for, my husband’s student loans paid off, and my list of goals was quite lengthy.  I remember my father telling me that there is never a perfect time to have a child, but once it comes you will make things work.  My old man is pretty wise, because I listened to him and sure enough, things did just fall into place after the birth of our children.

I think sometimes our generation might over-analyze everything too much.  I know I am the queen of the self-help book.  I want directions for everything.  In all honesty, everything I need to know is right in the Bible.  Sometimes, it is hard to understand, but if you sit and read it, it is the best self-help book around.  Plus there are so many great resources to help you along the way.

Just like my garden would have never got planted due to my lack of self-confidence in as a gardener, nor would I have had children due to my lack of self-confidence as a mother.  We can’t wait for the perfect time for things.  Sometimes we have to pray and listen to our gut-feelings about things or just get off our butts and do it, low self-confidence and all.

What have you been putting off in your life that you’ve been wanting to do?  There is no perfect time.  Just say a prayer, ask for direction and take the plunge.  I will see the produce from my vegetable garden six weeks after I planted my seeds, and you will see the benefits of striving for that goal in its due time too!  Good luck!

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