This year, more so than previous years, we have spent a lot of time gardening. This is likely due to the fact that many other activities were unavailable (little chance to go out to dine for several months, many parks closed or take more forethought to make reservations, no vacationing and little chance for many other usual spring/summer activities). An example of our gardening activities included growing many vegetables from seeds in planting trays, then transferring them to an outdoor garden.
In addition, we shopped a lot – A LOT – at Lowe’s for new plants to add to our garden, such as border plants, lavender, Korean lilac and more. Many of the plants we found ourselves purchasing were the sickly-looking plants they had on their clearance shelves. Two such examples were these beautiful flowering climbing plants – Honeysuckles – that we placed along an upper level of our garden.
With each new plant we bought, we wondered about its health: why was it on sale, why was it looking sick, what did it need for growth? A few times the clerk stated, “Oh, it just needs watered as it was left in a corner and forgotten.”
Ecclesiastes 11:6 In the morning sow your seed, and at evening withhold not your hand, for you do not know which will prosper, this or that, or whether both alike will be good.
We nurtured each of the plants we purchased. We transferred all of them from their small plastic pots to our garden. Some of the plants did not make it with our care – we had a grape vine and a small border plant that died, among a few others. However, those two honeysuckles have flourished with our care. We can compare the soil within which our new climbing plants are growing to the Kingdom of God, as in Matthew.
Matthew 13:24 The Kingdom of God may be compared to someone who sowed good seed in his field.
Sowing good seed ensures that the seeds flourish with care – the flowers will be beautiful, produce a lovely fragrance, attract birds and pollinators. This passage calls out how seeking the Kingdom of God is not fully a passive act, but active in some ways. This summer, take an extra moment to consider how the good seeds have been nurtured and sown by gardeners here on Earth for you to enjoy while you await your time in the Kingdom of God. Maybe now, as I think about the lack of “other” activities to entertain me, I can spend more time nurturing my garden and good seed, so I can better understand what The Kingdom of God will be like and the blessings with which it will be filled.