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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: Flowers (10/03/05)

TITLE: The Master Gardener
By Leisa Wilson


The Master Gardener

If anyone ever wants to prove that the Theory of Evolution is wrong, point to a flower. There is no possibility, that anything so beautiful could exist without the Master Gardener. The complexity of the ecosystem that flowers are a part of is astounding. The bee gathers pollen from one flower and transfers some of that pollen to the next flower to continue the species. Hummingbirds and butterflies also gain their nourishment from its sweet nectar.

Flowers herald the coming of the season of renewal and new life–Spring in all of its brilliant glory. Along with those bright blooms comes a renewal of hope and good will as we remember that our Lord’s resurrection day is just around the corner. The white Easter Lily shows off its beauty and personifies the purity of our Savior.

Gardens are planted with the seeds that will produce a harvest of food and every flower and color imaginable. The growth cycle leads us into Summer. The avid gardener will see the signs of his coming harvest and enjoy the flowers. Some of his seeds will not sprout and some will grow abundantly. Birds, bugs, and disease will destroy others but the gardener will be ready with his fertilizer and pesticide. He prunes each bush to ensure proper growth just as Jesus prunes our lives so we grow in the Spirit.

As Fall nears, it is time for the great harvest. The gardener carefully harvests his crops and prepares for Winter. His flowers begin to wither as the nights grow colder. Some of his annual flowers will have to be planted again next year. The perennials will come back because their roots are strong enough to survive the coming storms. When the Gardener comes back to his garden, will he find annuals or perennials? Only our Lord knows.

Written by

Leisa Wilson

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Garnet Miller 10/10/05
Harvest time is my favorite time-you get to see the fruits of your labor. A good explanation of God's master plan for the garden of life. Next time, leave your name off of the article-they are supposed to be anonymous:)
Jan Ackerson 10/11/05
It seems as if each of your paragraphs had a different premise. Each of them could have made an excellent article, but it was a bit confusing to have them all in one essay.

YOu had some very good comparisons and metaphors. Much of this was very lovely.
Anita Neuman10/12/05
I agree that you need a more consistent theme (or more clarity in tying it all together) but your writing itself is beautiful. Great sentence structure and flow.
Melanie Kerr 10/13/05
Years ago I remember watching a cartoon - Micky Mouse's Wonderful World of Mathematics. He looked at the mathematical intricacy of flowers and concluded that it could happen by chance. Your article reminded me of that.
Deborah Porter 10/17/05
Leisa, this was a sweet devotional piece and I think you have potential. Keep writing and honing your skill, and really draw the reader into your work.

One thing I wanted to let you know though - you need to be careful to leave your name out of the actual submission area when you enter. It's really important that the entries remain anonymous. I usually catch them and remove any names that slip through before they go public, but that doesn't mean that I catch it before the judges see it. And, as you can see, this time, I missed your name on the bottom of your entry. Oops!

Anyway, keep writing for His glory. I'll look forward to seeing more from you in the future. With love, Deb (Challenge Coordinator)