God has also used this garden to remind me of some solid biblical truths as I have spent hours and hours in the garden. I was so proud of my bushy and lush tomato plants during one of Robert's visits. He started pruning away all that beauty and I kind of sort of freaked out. He took my full plants and made them look weak and thin. He explained to me that we must prune well and often to keep the energy going to the produce not to useless stems which many around here call "suckers."
Then this past Sunday the pastor did a wonderful sermon on pruning using the scripture from John.
I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, bears much fruit. For apart from me you can do notihing. If anyone does not abide in me he is thrown away like a branch and withers; and the branches are gathered and thrown into the fire and burned.
That is so like God to use my tomato plants aw a great reminder to stay close to him. My life's ambition is to stay close to God and let Him use my life to bear much fruit for His Kingdom. It is not all about me sitting around and looking all full and beautiful. It is about me being pruned and used for His glory.
I want my life to be used to point others to Christ. I want to help the least and the lost. I want to work hard to make my community stronger through volunteering and serving. I want to use my garden to bless others less fortunate than us with fresh and healthy food. I want to be a good wife and teach my children to Serve God and serve others all the days of their life. I do not want to be a full plant that exists for my beauty but a pruned plant that produces fruit for Him.
It is amazing that six rows of vegetables can teach us show much Godly wisdom. Only God can use my tomato plants to remind me to point others to Him and to love my neighbor. May I strive to be one of those pruned plants that produces much harvest!