“Garden Fever”

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,23 gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.” – Galatians 5:22-23

I have a fever. No, I’m not sick. I’m just afflicted by this fever every year about this time. I’ve got gardening fever. It’s a forerunner of spring fever. But it comes a little earlier, about the time the seed catalogs start to arrive, the days are getting a little longer and the “fever” starts to set in.

I enjoy looking at those seed catalogs. They are filled with pictures of bright yellow ears of corn, luscious red strawberries and watermelons – some the size of a small car! It warms me up a bit just to look at those pictures. Then my mouth begins to water as I imagine that corn roasted on the grill until the shucks begin to scorch, then pull them back and bite into that juicy, sweet … well, you get the idea.

But, the whole process begins with planting the seed. Those pictures, and the imaginations they provoke, will do little to actually feed anyone. It’s kind of hard to eat a picture of a juicy strawberry! You’ve got to plant to see the fruit. You’ve got to invest in order to reap the harvest.

We have opportunities to plant seeds every day. Seeds of love, joy, peace patience, well you see the list in the verses above. Some seeds sprout and produce fruit quickly, others take a bit longer. In the same way you may see the fruit of your efforts quickly in some cases, it may take awhile in others. But, unlike our vegetable crop – it’s never too early to plant these seeds. And the reward is even sweeter than that fat juicy red strawberry!

My prayer for you this week is that your eyes will be open to opportunities to plant those seeds into the life of someone. And, that someone else will plant in your life as well.

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