What a beautiful sight! That, my friends, is my garden; and those lovely dark clumps are manure!!! It sure doesn’t smell very nice, but I’m ready to see more fruit from my labors this year!
Like any task, there is a cost involved. Now I didn’t pay anything for my beautiful manure, but it did cost time and effort on the part of a dear family in our church who were gracious enough to bring the stuff. AND, it cost time and labor on my dear son and husband’s part to spread it around. Taking the tiller to it will be the fun part!
By the way, for those of you who remember Tilly – she’s in the shop, but they say she’s worth fixin’! It will cost more than we really wanted to pay, but it’s a lot less expensive than a new tiller!
Preparing the ground: it takes time, effort, and expense. Is it worth it? I think so. We certainly do not grow all our vegetables in this little plot of ground, but it sure tastes great when it’s fresh from the garden! Isn’t that just like our wonderful Lord? He takes the stinky manure mixed in with dirt and changes those tiny little seeds into wonderful vegetables!
And isn’t it even more amazing that He can take us – human clay, no matter how “stinked up” we are with sin, and He plants the seed of His Word into the willing heart and brings forth the fruits of salvation AND santification! Don’t you just want to bring as much fruit into your life for Him as you can?
“And other fell on good ground, and did yield fruit that sprang up and increased; and brought forth, some thirty, and some sixty, and some an hundred.” Mark 4:8