Saturday I went to buy a few tomato plants to put in my father-in-law’s garden for him to tend to over this summer. I not only came home with the plants but with a few gardening tips, which I so greatly appreciated. Little did I know how the advice would continue to speak into my heart.
The two gardening tips were:
- “More root, more fruit.” The garden worker then proceeded to tell me how to promote more root growth. The growth would take place under the soil, unseen, but I would know that the roots were extensive when I harvested more fruit. What about our own lives? Are we developing more root? Are our root systems traveling through good soil, producing more than weÂ Â Â Â Â Â Â Â anticipated? We are told in Ephesians 3, “And I pray that you, being rooted & established in love, may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide & long & high & deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge – THAT you may be filled to the measure of the fullness of God.” It is as we are rooted that we are filled & productive.
- “Water what you want to grow.” He explained that proper watering would encourage the roots to deepen, keep the leaves from drying & keep the plant flourishing. In Psalm 1 we are told to make God’s Word our delight, meditating on it day & night. The result? “He is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season & whose leaf does not wither. Whatever he does prospers.”Â
May this be a summer of developed root systems & well watered lives.
And if I should have a good harvest of veggies, that would be a plus as well!Â 🙂