In the Garden

sunflowerbabySunflowers with such vibrant yellow colors stretched to the horizon. Fields of sunshine were aglow. The sunflowers stood taller than me and seemed to be smiling and swaying in the wind as we passed by on our way to the coast. I asked if we could turn around and go back because it was a perfect photo opportunity! The face of the sunflowers were as big a round as a dinner plate! I was amazed at the enormous size of these beautiful sunflowers. I was mesmerized by the beautiful yellow field. Rows upon rows, thousand upon thousands of the giant flowers covered the area. They were so healthy, vibrant and refreshing to the soul. They seemed to smile and speak to my heart as my family and I gazed up at them. I treasured these moments and tucked them into the pocket of my heart.

My hubby loves to tend to his garden in our backyard. Each day he comes home from work and rushes out the back door to check out the new growth, blooms, fruit and veggies growing in his garden. He is always amazed by how God helps his garden grow. If I am ever searching for him, I can usually guarantee the spot that he can be found. You guessed it. In his garden. He will bring in hand-fulls of his harvest of produce with such delight.

As he is planting, watering, pruning, fertilizing and nurturing his plants it brings him a sense of relaxation and satisfaction. He absolutely loves it. On many occasions, he will open the door and call us outside to come and see the newest sprouts and new life emerging from the soil and rock bed.

Recently my hubby and our son planted a variety of sunflower seeds in the front and backyard of our home. They excitedly dug below the soil and made preparations for the seeds to take root. They opened the seed packets amazed by the amounts of little seeds inside. They talked to their seeds as they planted them and encouraged them to grow big and tall. There were over 5 different types of sunflowers they planted including the big face ones that we had seen in the field that one day. Sunflowers have a big healthy root system. They reach deep down into the soil to pull out the nutrients, minerals and water needed.

Build homes, and plan to stay. Plant gardens, and eat the food they produce. {Jeremiah 29:5}

Within a few days my hubby called my name and said, “hurry, hurry come quick.” I rushed down the stairs and out the door in a moments dash. My first reaction was someone was hurt and needed mommy attention, but everyone was fine. He excitedly pointed at the new sunflower’s green shoots sprouting up that had only been planted two days before. He had the biggest smile on his face!! They are growing taller each day and hopefully we will have some as tall as me soon!

On a date night together he began to tell me his dreams of becoming a gardener/ farmer and having a big ranch that he can tend to his field each day. He already has the name, 3D Ranch, picked out. 3D represents the three Duffy’s- Father and 2 Sons. He had sweet tears in his eyes as he was revealing the big dreams and plans that he has. It touched my heart to see the passion rising up within him. He can foresee it happening and coming to pass. One day, he says, one day. I hope to see his dreams fulfilled.

You may be wondering what does this have to do with you? Well my friend. You are a gardener too. Each day you are planting seeds, watering and tending to your very own garden.  Your tender little sprouts are your little ones. They soak up all the sweet words, encouragement, love and grace that you shower them with daily. You sprinkle and sprout them with your love. You are helping their garden blossom and grow, as well as in your own life too.

Your Father in Heaven looks at the tender loving hands that you embrace and fill with love for your little children. Each day it’s as if he calls out in heaven, look, look at my Daughter. See how wells she is gardening. She is showering her babies with so much love, graciousness, kindness, goodness and see how lush and green their tender shoots are. See all the blossoms and blooms sprouting forth. All the new growth, new life, sweet fruit that is coming up. Her children are growing daily in my love. They are learning about me, their Father in Heaven, through her. She is teaching them about me. She shows them that I will always send the rain, nutrients, vitamins, love and life that they need. My blessings, favor, provision, protection and umbrella is more than enough. I am all they need. 

The Lord will guide you continually, giving you water when you are dry and restoring your strength. You will be like a well-watered garden, like an ever-flowing spring. {Isaiah 58:11}

For as the earth bursts with spring wildflowers as a garden cascades with blossoms, so the Master God, brings righteousness into full bloom… {Isaiah 61:11}

…Each woman in safety will tend her own garden. {Micah 4:4 MSG}

Enjoy your precious garden! Your little sprouts thank you for all the tender love and care you pour out to them daily!

Sprinkle and Sprout!

Written by Salina Duffy

 

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