I have in recent years, grown to love gardening. The first few years we didn’t have much space to plant, which was good…we had no clue what we were doing, lol. But, I’ve grown to love our larger garden space and really look forward to garden season!
Yesterday we spent some hours getting our dirt ready…who knew you had to “get dirt ready”?! Certainly not me…one can’t just plant and replant and replant and expect things to grow? Nope.
Toward the end of summer last year, my mother in law brought home huge bags of coffee grounds…and I mean LOTS of them. Probably upwards of 20 huge garbage bags of them. I remember thinking, I wonder why she’s doing that…I wonder if it will really be worth all of that mess in her car & on her clothes…I wonder if it will make a difference.
Well, yesterday taught me a great lesson. She had emptied 3 garbage bags full on each of our gardening beds…and they sat there all fall/winter until yesterday. I remember flies and gnats flying around them when it was still warm. But as we were pulling out weeds, digging up the soil and loosening it for planting soon…I noticed under the coffee grounds was a super soft soil and lots of worms…all that hard work she had put in 8 months ago, had paid off…in a big way.
Our soil never looked better…it was easy to pull weeds out of, easy to turn over and easy to work with. The worms, they are great for gardening…and plants. AND they love coffee grounds, who knew?
I may talk a lot about gardening, but what I LOVE about it, is it always seems to have a spiritual parallel. And yesterday’s day in the dirt was no different. Galatians 6:7 says it best: “…a man reaps what he sows.” Just like my mother in law preparing for next years planting season, preparing the ground…for what would be months of waiting, we reaped what she sowed.
In life, we too, reap what we sow. Whether we’re in a time of waiting, a time of abundance, a time of sorrow, a time of restoration…wherever we are in life, we will someday reap what we sow. When I think about this and put it into everyday life, it works both with positive and negative things…
If we sow life, we’ll reap life.
If we sow peace, we’ll reap peace.
If we sow joy, we’ll reap joy.
But… If we sow anger, we’ll reap anger.
If we sow selfishness, we’ll reap that too.
Galatians goes on to give you a better picture… 6:8 “The one who sows to please his flesh, from the flesh will reap destruction; but the one who sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life.”
In our personal life, our family life…whatever your everyday life looks like…let’s sow things of the Holy Spirit, of God Himself…and scripture promises we will reap what we sow. Just like the soil in our garden beds, it may not be easy at first and we may ask if it will really be worth it…BUT, YES it’s worth it! If you sow from the Spirit, you will reap real, eternal things! Every day is planting day.