Growing Anticipation

For a month with only 28 days, February sure seems to be the longest month of the year. We’re all hunkered down, hibernating until warmer weather arrives.

Growing Pains

This is a month of anticipation for gardeners. In our house that means starting seeds!  Discussions have begun about what to plant and where to plant it. Much like life itself, that entails addressing successes and failures from the past.

I am not the gardener, so I can only brag about my husband, Neil’s successes. They included his delicious crops of lettuce, cucumbers and Delicata squash. The biggest failure, however, almost proved catastrophic. Because we had such a wet summer, the rain saturated the ground, then splashed pathogens up onto the leaves above. This caused a lot of disease and premature rot, particularly on the tomato plants.

Planting Plans
Max loves his oat grass!

Undeterred, Neil has spent months planning this year’s garden and has a plan in place to avoid similar issues. He is also taking full advantage of our “grand-bunnies”, Max and Charlie.  Throughout the winter he has been collecting their bunny beans. There is also a worm farm in our basement. Bet you didn’t know that worm castings are amazing fertilizer. From the outside, our home looks as normal as the others in the neighorhood, but there is a lot growing on inside!

While winter has kept my hubby from his vegetable garden, it hasn’t prevented him from trying out some indoor growing. We have enjoyed a variety of sprouts in our salads — radish, mustard, alfalfa, cress and mung bean. All were delicious. And now, he is harvesting . . . (wait for it) . . . mushrooms! Neil did a lot of research and has tried out two varieties: Shitake and Grey Dove Oyster. He is like a mad scientist with his “fruiting chamber.” But that is a post for another time.

Sowing Seeds of Love

Today as I was thinking about spring and the upcoming growing season, I marveled at the amazing abundance that comes from one tiny seed. What an awesome creation that sustains both man and beast!

Then God said, “Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb that yields seed, and the fruit tree that yields fruit according to its kind, whose seed is in itself, on the earth”; and it was so. (Genesis 1:11)

God was and is the greatest gardener of all time.

Have patience. The warmer weather will come, and with it the beautiful flowering buds and songbirds returning to nest. What a glorious gift that we can anticipate during the rest of the wintry days!

Sunday Interrupted

Today was one of those rare snow days that fell on a Sunday. It’s not often that we cancel worship services at our church, but the roads weren’t cleared this morning and it was a good call.

I’ve made good use of this quiet day. So far I’ve done absolutely nothing except watch the birds feeding on our patio, and cook up a steaming pot of “kitchen sink” soup. It’s aroma is wafting through the house as I type this blog entry. I may have even watched a little football. 😉

Days like today are necessary now and then.

Do I feel lazy and a little bit guilty for not catching up on my laundry or cleaning the kitchen? Nah. I spent a full hour shoveling snow this morning, so I definitely earned some rest.

I also think these unexpected snowdays help us to remember that life is not in our control. That’s an uncomfortable thought for some, but I need the occasional reminder that God does not work according to my timetable. He sometimes steps in and provides the downtime I need to recharge after a prolonged period of busyness. I daresay many of us are still in recovery mode after the holidays.

We need a little silence.

For God alone my soul waits in silence, for my hope is from him. He alone is my rock and my salvation, my fortress; I shall not be shaken. On God rests my deliverance and my honor; my mighty rock, my refuge is in God.‭‭ – Psalms‬ ‭62:5-7‬

When these rare opportunities upset your schedule, try to embrace the break rather than curse the inconvenience. God’s got this! There will be ample time to catch up in the days ahead.