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I’m in Good Hands

I have always admired people that could “grow” anything!  I have the “kiss of death” on plants, grass, bushes, trees, or any other leafy creation that is to be planted in the soil.  I probably am dealing with some emotional complex but it does seem that any shrub or seedling that I reach to purchase in a garden shop turns its leaves away from me in horror.  I don’t have animosity toward living plants.  I rather like them.  It is just that somehow, the soil, water, fertilizer, or sunshine on my yard is suitable mostly for observing how long an organism can survive.

Some of you just have a knack for growing anything.  I have seen children put carrot tops in shallow water and they grow!  Or folks that put beans on wet surfaces to see bean sprouts appear.  The only time I have witnessed something like that is when I failed to throw away old potatoes for Jenine and they would sprout big time as the foul odor of rottenness permeated the garage.  I found a gardener that is a graduate of my same school.  Here are his observations…….


• Nothing ever looks like it does on the seed packet.
• Your lawn is always slightly bigger than your desire to mow it.
• Whichever garden tool you want is always at the back of the shed.
• The only way to ensure rain, is to give the garden a good soaking.
• Weeds grow at precisely the rate you pull them out.
• Autumn follows summer, winter follows autumn, drought follows planting.
• Evergreens go a funny shade of brown in the winter.
• The only way to guarantee some color all year round is to buy a garden gnome.
• However bare the lawn, grass will appear in the cracks between the patio paving stones.
• “Annuals” mean disappointment once a year.
• When weeding, the best way to make sure you are removing a weed and not a valuable plant is to pull on it. If it comes out of the ground easily, it is a valuable plant. 

I am so very glad when I read that I am not responsible for producing and growing greenery.  Rather, I am in the hands of the Master of the Vineyard of God.

“I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful. You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you. Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me.

“I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. If you do not remain in me, you are like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned. If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples. (John 15:1-8).