June 10, 2009

Lettuce Pray

It’s been a month since the tragic pea-pod massacre.

Guess what? The little-garden-that-couldn’t, actually can. Our little garden is OVERFLOWING with lettuce. Plus, in what appears to be a Lazarus-style garden miracle, even the peas have resurrected. They’re growing again, clinging to the trellis and reaching higher each day. Last night, my son actually spied a baby pea on the vines. Amazingly, we might just harvest some peas after all!

Once again this wise plot of earth taught me a life lesson—the way a situation appears is not always the way it will be. How often have I looked at the evidence around and logically concluded a particular outcome. The thing is nothing remains as it is. Stormy days give way to clear skies. Gathering clouds block the sun. Seasons change.

You know why those peas sprouted again even though they looked like goners? Under the surface, beyond my seeing, their roots remained intact. That’s all they needed to break forth from the soil and become vibrant, fruit-bearing plants.

Life can cut us down, beat us up and turn us inside out. Our circumstances may say, “It’s over! There’s nothing left here.” We may lose heart. But when we set our roots in the life-giving soil of Jesus, we anchor our souls. In doing so, we can be assured we will once again bear fruit.

“Remain in me, and I will 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.” (John 15:4)

P.S. If you're in the neighborhood, stop by for some lettuce!
P.P.S. Like the title? It's another groaner from my clever hubby.


Peggy said...

Dear Kelli....
I'm sure Dan was groaning with the title, however, the blog is great.
You are so right that we remained grounded with our roots firmly planted in God's great grace. We all at sometime or another feel like there is nothing or nowhere for us, BUT there is always our Precious Heavenly Father who watches over us and makes all things new.
His mercies are new each day, and He will help us grow when our roots are firmly planted in Him.
Have a great day!
Blessings and Love....Peggy

Jody Hedlund said...

Wow! What an encouraging post! And your garden looks absolutely lovely! You'll have to browse the net for lots of salad ideas!

Dan said...

Greenings and saladtations! Kelli's right - the garden is literally bursting. And, the lesson is right on, too. How often we put our faith (or lack thereof) in what we SEE. As we have learned on another level recently (Kelli knows what I mean) God's time is not our time.

Terri Tiffany said...

Oh Kelly--this post was for me! My husband and I feel just like this--that the seasons will never change-- we are destined to be stuck in this awful place forever--thank you for the great encouragement!!

Sue J. said...

"Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see...By faith we understand that the universe was formed at God's command, so that what is seen was not made out of what was visible." (Hebrews 11: 1&3)

Wow....What a wonderful garden! What a wonderful growing experience for us all.... It just reminds me that there is so much work that God does that I will never see. But that doesn't mean He's not working!

We make assumptions--like pea seeds are bigger than lettuce seeds, so shouldn't they be stronger?! Well, it has nothing to do with that, does it? It's like that verse in the OT that explains how we humans look on the outward appearance, while God looks at the heart.

He obviously knew the heart of your peas.

But the meek will inherit the land and enjoy great peas. Psalm 37:11...sorta.

Saleslady371 said...

Your post was refreshing. I'm looking so forward to this current season I'm in passing and sprouting forth a harvest.

I liked the title. Right on!

Cheryl Barker said...

The garden looks great -- congrats! And good lessons, too. How thankful I am for a sure anchor in Jesus!

Pierre said...

Thank you for a good word in due season! :)

Theresa said...

This made me giggle!

Lettuce Pray!! Too Cute!

Debbie said...

Good for your peas Kelli. I look forward to a sampling, it's the one vegetable (besides broccoli) that all my kids will eat.

Miss you and looking forward to seeing you soon :)

love, Deb

Julie Gillies said...

Boy, Kelli, your hubby and his whacky titles just crack me up!
And your garden is flat-out gorgeous! WOW! Wish I lived in YOUR neck of the woods, girl!

Loved this post. It's just what I needed today. The clouds DO pass! Thank you, my friend! :)

Niki :-) said...

please pray for my son.
i found you i'm not sure thru where, but enjoy your blog.
my son is having intense surgery this month. Please pray with us.

elaine @ peace for the journey said...

Wish I was in the neighborhood to gather from your goodness. I do that every time I come here ... glean on God's goodness via your pen.

Hope your summer is off to a good start.


Carmen said...

Love your garden and the lesson! Enjoy your peas!

Joanne@ Blessed... said...

My first stop by...your garden is beautiful! I just planted mine a couple of days ago, the latest I've ever planted. We'll see if it works out.

Loved my time visiting here! I'll be back...:O)

Chatty Kelly said...

Your garden is beautiful and the way you pulled it into a devotion is spectacular! Enjoyed reading it.