This time of year, I marvel at the talents bestowed upon gardeners and farmers by God. The sowing season entails so much planning, preparation and hard work. After the crops or gardens are planted, there is an immense amount of care needed to insure a fruitful harvest; the watering, weeding, fertilizing and pruning. But after months of rigorous labor and meticulous care, the farmer and gardener reap the benefits of their hard work; Fresh fruits and vegetables that will be enjoyed by so many!
After the harvest, the land is turned and fertilized with the garden leftovers to prepare for the next growing season. I can’t help but see similarities between our gardens and our human existence.
The Lord, our Master Gardener, meticulously planned and planted us exactly where He wanted us to be. He feeds us spiritually with the Sacred Scriptures and the blessed Sacraments. He weeds away anxiety, temptation, and human weakness through Divine Intervention of the Holy Spirit. I compare hardship in our lives to the Lord pruning us to insure that we grow to our fullest potential and put our trust in Him. That pruning sometimes hurts. During this time, we may question our faith, our God, and our worth. Gardeners know however, that after pruning a plant, new growth occurs. Greener and fuller branches appear and the plant is healthier and bears more fruit.
May this summer bring you sunshine, soft rains and quiet times so that you may reflect on what a wonderful creation you are. Blessings.
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