I will be the first to admit that I am not a very good gardener. It’s not an area that I know much about, but I enjoy it as a hobby. Last year because we had just moved I didn’t do much in the way of gardening. Reading this chapter this week has really challenged me to see what I can do this year with flowers and vegies around our house.
As always, Mrs. Schaeffer challenges us to use what we have whether it’s 300 acres or an apartment balcony, an urban backyard or a windowsill.
Man was created to interact with growing things. After all, didn’t God make man’s first home a garden? I have noticed with myself how much better I always feel after being outside and digging in the dirt.
I love what Mrs. Schaeffer says about why a Christian should be interested in beautifying the place where they live.
A Christian individual or organization should not move into a property and turn it into a shambles. The opposite should be true. It should grow and blossom into a place of beauty, demonstrating something of the wonder of the One who made plant life to produce seeds in the first place.
Christians should have more beautiful gardens, should be more careful to build without cutting down the lovely trees, should be more sensitive about keeping the brook unspoiled as it bubbles through their lands.
Two examples are given of “Hidden Art” in gardening. One was an apple orchard planted in neat rows which is scenic enough in itself, but then the farmer had planted a rose bush at the end of each row causing a riot of beautiful colours in the summer.
Then we learn of the first garden Mrs. Schaeffer and her husband had. In the beginning days of their marriage they lived on the top floor of a row house. There was a roof they could sit on with a barrier around it. They planted morning glories that grew up the side of and added beauty to a dreary spot.
Gardening can also help us understand the Bible better. Think of all the times Jesus used gardening stories or ideas to convey an eternal truth.
“I am the Vine, ye are the branches.”
“Except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone.”
The parable of the sower
Life and the world we live in has a way of dehumanizing us. Gardening helps us get back to the way of life we were created to enjoy.
I can hardly wait now to get some plants and get a garden going.