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Topic: Garden (09/07/06)
TITLE: What Will Bloom?
By Vicki Chappelear
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We have quite the garden here at our house. We have many sprouts that we are watching to see what they will become. These are very special flowers, they must be special ordered and delivery takes between 8 and 9 months. You never know exactly what you might get when you order, and some are ordered for you with out your knowledge. They don’t have a picture of the end results or exactly how to care for each one because each one is unique.
Now there are many different varieties, we’re tending to. They come in different assortments, we happen to have 3 blue ones and 1 pink, but they didn’t arrive in that order. Let’s see, we have one with a really good sense of humor, always lots of laughs when we walk by that one. Then, there’s the creative one, a new work of art everyday. The one around the corner has an ornery streak running up the middle, never know exactly what to expect from that one. And the last one, just spills over with sweetness.
They do have some things in common. Take for instance obedience, they are all very well trained and know how to listen to those pruning them. There is respect from all of them and a willingness please.
Now, don’t get me wrong, there are from time to time weeds that sneak up in our garden. These weeds -- lying, anger, and unkindness -- are not tolerated and must be dealt with immediately. We have found the best herbicide to take care of these weeds is God’s Word. Not only does God’s Word expose these imposters for what they really are, but it also gets to the root so they have little chance of springing up again.
We have friends that are growing gardens as well. It is quite helpful to talk to each other and share our growing secrets with one another. It’s also a joy and privilege to be a part of their watering and pruning process and allow them to help us with ours.
We have learned over the years what each flower needs, and it differs for each variety. Each one needs the right amount of water and always a good dose of Sonshine. And then there is the fertilizer: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. We also add in there some encouragement. There must be a good example so they have a goal to strive for, again God’s Word is the best thing we believe, and it works! We use God’s Word to support them, so they understand what shape they are to take on. When they are grown and transplanted elsewhere, they will be able to retain their shape and make good choices.
This garden will take many years to grow. We do not mind all the work, we know our faithfulness is important and the hard work now will have long tern results. Growing them right is important, right from the start or they may try to go their own way. We will continue to nurture our ever growing sprouts until one day they bloom and we see what God has truly intended for them to be.
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