The soil was cultivated and ready, the weather just right. We had made our plans and purchased the appropriate packets knowing which vegetables would thrive in the warmed soil. I grabbed a couple kids and we headed to the garden.
The rows were outlined and the seeds, small in my children’s hands, were thrown in their designated lots. While tiny now, properly fed and watered, they would grow and (hopefully) provide many meals worth of food for my family.
Inspired by this garden work I thought about how similar is parenting and teaching the faith to my children. They come perfect and ready, already cultivated and prepared by Our Creator. My work is only beginning and it is often sprinkled with many days feeling like the labor may not reap the desired rewards. The efforts my husband and I make can be difficult in a culture and society where my children are threatened by influences of the world, but we do not lose hope. We do our best by surrounding our family with good influences, bringing prayer to a meaningful and proper place within our home and lives, and striving to teach the richness of the faith so that they learn to yearn for God every day.
Back in the garden, among the weeds, less than ideal soil and imperfect conditions with unpredictable weather, even a week later I can see the growth and the signs of life as I walk the rows. So too in life, in these hurried days I step back to look at my children and realize how well the Creator instilled in them the ability to grow and survive in this ever changing world. Much like my garden providing for my family, children (my children in this case) become sustenance in our world while reminding us of how generous and good a God it is that we serve.
Take a moment today to take a step back, breathe in deeply, and, if you are able, find a patch of flowers or a garden nearby to walk through to see the splendor that God and man worked together to create.