Day 25: Gardening

Day 25: Gardening

31 Days of Gratitude
Join me as I celebrate all I have to be thankful for during the month of October.
Why October instead of November? One more day!
Enjoy and be blessed.

My grandmothers were avid gardeners, indoors and outdoors. I adopted my grandmothers’ green thumb. At first it was indoor plants then it was full-blown outdoor landscaping. The latter took place after I bought my first home.

It was completely bereft of any natural outdoor beauty whatsoever. I have no experience in landscape design but I did my level best. I would spend as many as 24 hours over Saturday and Sunday at Home Depot and in my front and back yards.

I love roses but didn’t want to dig those super deep holes. Instead, I started with a vegetable garden that grew broccoli, peas, spinach, corn, tomatoes, zucchini and pumpkins. However, one day the light of my life, my best friend, my dearly beloved absolutely pissed me off, so I dug five graves and planted my rose bed. The roses were absolutely beautiful, i.e., beauty from the ashes of an ugly argument.

In the front of my home, I replaced a tree with a rose bushes, cut down weeds along the northeast side of our corner lot and planted other floral plants wherever I could. It wasn’t perfect but it was beautiful.

Finally, the other reason I love gardening is God talks to me while I garden. Have you noticed the Bible takes place in an agrarian society? Most people farmed or understood the rigors of farming. The Bible is replete with farming and agriculture references and parables so it’s no wonder I hear Him speaking to me about this and that.

Most recently, I wanted to dig out an old stump and I heard, “Dig deeper.” I wasn’t thinking I needed to do that as I was thinking about rope and a car to pull it out. However, “digging deeper” was exactly the answer I needed to solve a problem. I had to look a little deeper into myself and my situation to discover the real answer to my the true problem.

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