We have a wonderful garden this year. Truly impressive, I have to say. God has blessed the work of Hubs’ hands and we have an abundant crop growing just a few feet from our back yard. Early on, it was easy to harvest the bounty. Lettuces, spinach, peas, carrots, radishes…all these could be consumed (for the most part) on a daily basis. But now that the cukes and eggplant and tomatoes and squash are all coming in fast and furious, it’s a race to eat, can or freeze the crop before it spoils.
The last several days it’s been too hot to harvest while the kids are awake. Hubs goes out at dusk or just after and picks what is mature–by the bucketful–and then slips it into the fridge or places it along our long countertop. Since I’m usually already in bed writing, reading or catching up on lesson plans, I don’t typically see what he brings in. In the morning, though, when I begin to prepare breakfast for the children, I find our fridge overflowing with all sorts of delicious gifts. I have to come up with a game plan for preserving and consuming what my husband has provided.
The same is true in our daily walk with God. He has planted a garden of righteousness in our hearts and then harvests it according to His will. Sometimes, the blessing of it all can be a little overwhelming and sometimes it seems like it’s just barely enough to get by.
I was thinking about this today… what God supplies. His provision is always abundant, though I don’t tend to always see it that way. Sometimes I’m so busy looking for the “spiritual beef steak tomato,” that I overlook the bucketful of baby potatoes or the bags of golden squash. I have my eyes on something specific and when it isn’t provided, I feel like He hasn’t given me anything.
I think that’s why God commands (yes, He commands) us to praise, to count our blessings. Think about it: if you really sat down to count your blessings, could you ever really stop naming them? No. They are so numerous. And God doesn’t mind if we ask for our “beefsteak tomatoes,” but He provides so much more than we even ask for.
Tonight, I can come up with this to be grateful for:
- my husband, who never ceases to amaze me and who is most likely the most patient man on earth
- my children, who are each unique and wonderful
- my church family, that they truly exemplify the body of Christ
- my sisters in Christ, who always come alongside when I need a lift or a helping hand
- a roof over my head, food to eat (and to share!), clothes to wear, clean water to drink
- a place to rest my head in peace
- a mind to think clearly
- a will to choose Christ
- a heart capable of loving and receiving love
Thank You , Father for giving me all that I have and making me all that I am. May I be a good steward of your abundant provision and may I never forget the source. In Jesus’ name, Amen.