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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: Green (10/22/09)

TITLE: Planted for Life
By Esther Phillips


Planted fields don’t just mysteriously appear. There really is a long process. I recall back on the farm that in very early spring, we started preparing the ground to plant our crops for the harvest in the fall. We first brought truckloads of fertilizer and dumped them across the fields. After we had hills of fertilizer all over the fields, Dad brought out the spreader equipment and started scattering the fertilizer. Then he plowed it under and the fields looked as if they hadn’t been disturbed at all.

The next step was to bring out the planting equipment. He filled the bins on the planter with seed. He drove slowly back and forth through the fields because he was very particular that the seeds were planted in straight rows. This was important throughout the growing process because later on he would have to cultivate (a piece of equipment that would swipe beside the rows cutting out weeds). When the rows were straight, the cultivator would get the weeds but leave the plants to continue their growth process.

Once the seeds were planted, we waited and watched. Then one day, beautiful little green plants started poking their heads through the ground. I have often thought that it must be a struggle to be buried in the dark like that and work your way through to see the sunshine again.

The plants grew taller and taller. Some fields required our getting a hoe and walking through the fields, cutting out the weeds. A very vivid image of that is on a very hot day, my mother put a jar of water at the end of the row where we started. We worked all the way to the other end chopping out weeds. On the way back, I would look up every so often to see where the jar of water was. We finally worked our way to it, and got a drink. In spite of the water being hot, water never tasted so good!

After three different times of hoeing the same fields throughout the summer, we finally approached fall. The plants were grown, and it was time to harvest. The big equipment was brought in, and Dad started digging up the sugar beets, chopping off their tops, and loading them in trucks to be taken to market. A train was a few miles away so we took the beets there where they were loaded on the train cars and hauled into the sugar beet factory.

Beets were not the only crop we grew. We had a dairy farm, so we grew corn and alfalfa, too. The alfalfa was one of the first crops to green up in the spring of the year because it came up on its own. The corn was planted similar to the sugar beets. In addition to the fields, my mother planted a large garden. Throughout the summer, we watched the plants grow bigger and bigger knowing that they were important to our livelihood and to keep us alive.

God planned this process for us. This is what we read in Genesis 1:29-30 (NIV) “Then God said, ‘I give you every seed-bearing plant on the face of the whole earth and every tree that has fruit with seed in it. They will be yours for food. And to all the beasts of the earth and all the birds of the air and all the creatures that move on the ground—everything that has the breath of life in it—I give every green plant for food’ And it was so.”

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Ruth Brown10/29/09
A good lesson ,well told.
Farmers are taken for granted they do all they can,but God gives the increase.
Mary McLeary10/30/09
Farmers are special people who have to have lots of faith. We're waiting for the rain to stop now to pick the cotton and hoping the crop doesn't rot first. God is in control. Good job.
diana kay11/03/09
thanks right on target for green and clearly and descriptively written
Mark Bell11/03/09
very educational and instructive, tieing it all together nicely in the end with a good application. nice job.