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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Hot and Cold (04/09/09)

TITLE: Frustrations of Gardening
By Ruby Harris
04/11/09


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My husband loves to garden. The cold winter weather is really rough on him and causes him a lot of aggravation and depression. Hardly nothing will grow in Winter unless you have extravagant hot houses and put the heat in to counteract the cold. He can barely wait in the Spring until it is warm enough to get things to grow.

The hothouse allows for plants to be started in small peat pots until the ground is warm enough to maintain the growth of them. The hot and cold swapping back and forth from Winter to Spring drives him nuts. The plants can get too large and start running too tall and lanky. The ground is not ready for the transplanting and therefore the worry the plants won’t make it. If they get too scraggly it takes way too long to recover and grow and produce food to eat.

It is amazing how the heat and the cold affect gardening. It is amazing how trials and tribulations (putting us in the fiery furnace) affect our growth also. We are told that we will go through the fire (heat) and through the floods (cold) but that God will bring us through without even the smell of smoke. He said the floods will not drown us. We don’t have that promise when we are gardening for drought can destroy a crop. Too much rain can destroy a crop. Irrigation can help with drought effects but too much rain is devastating.

In all reality God says we are to be hot or cold. Isn’t that weird? When the weather is too cold, plants will not survive. When the weather is hot plants will produce food to eat. Okra is one plant that will not even sprout unless it is hot weather. God wants us to be “hot” to produce fruit for His kingdom. He even says to be hot or cold, not lukewarm. When you are cold He and the world know exactly where you stand. When you are hot, He surely knows along with the world what kind of producer you will be. When you are in between you are not wanted and therefore very likely to be thrown away like a lukewarm cup of coffee. Or, you can be put back in the microwave and reheated until you are “drinkable”.

God uses hot and cold analogies to show us how He wants us to be. Being cold is not a productive time. Lukewarm is a wasted time for you are really not sincere. You can go either way but you truly are on the way to a cool down. God wants us to be hot just like a good meal or a great cup of coffee. Very enjoyable! Very useful and productive! God relates being hot as to being on fire to witness for Him. He talks about the crops being ready for harvest. Gardening is a great way to explain our affect on people God puts in our path.

Our production really depends on hot or cold!


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Joanne Sher 04/17/09
Great comparison between our spiritual lives and a garden. This analogy came alive for me. Thanks.
Lollie Hofer 04/17/09
I enjoy reading devotionals that challenge me in my walk with the Lord. This was one of those devotionals. Thanks for sharing.