By Matt Greco
Genesis 2:7 – 9, “…then the Lord God formed the man of dust from the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living creature. And the Lord God planted a garden in Eden, in the east, and there he put the man whom he had formed. And out of the ground the Lord God made to spring up every tree that is pleasant to the sight and good for food. The tree of life was in the midst of the garden, and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.
I love this time of year! During springtime it seems that everything has potential, everything gets a new start. Cold and drab winter has no choice but to turn the season over to the warmth and freshness of spring. What a blessing to live in a location where we can experience four different seasons!
I especially love that it is time to ready and plant the garden. I feel a special connection to the soil (dust) that no doubt comes from my being raised on a farm in south central Kansas. But Scripture tells us that Adam actually came from the soil and, since I am (we are) Adam’s descendant(s), we all have a connection. I was sharing my love for the soil with one of our elders, Greg Dull, and he said that he has a couple of his children that really love the soil as well. “They love it so much, they eat it!” he joked.
All joking aside, the soil / my garden has taught me many things and I wanted to share a couple of lessons I have learned through many years of gardening.
I am not sure if the county was named after a person or after the soil, but there is plenty of clay in Clay County. Where I grew up, the soil was red and had a lot of gypsum in it. Where my wife Pam grew up, the soil was a dark, rich brown color. Where we had our first garden, the soil was actually a river bottom. And even though all these soils were different, things grew in them! One soil might be better for growing beans, and another for growing tomatoes, but it is all useful for growing.
I did not make any of the dirt; it is a creation and miracle of God. The ground always came with where I was living. However, if I wanted to have a garden, I had to work with whatever kind of soil I had. The garden would not just magically appear. I have had to constantly weed, water, plant, fertilize, etc… to get the most out of my dirt. In a similar way, I have to work with what God has given me to make the most out of my service to Him.
Along with the soil, there is another creation and miracle the seed. Here is a simple lesson that has a Biblical reference—what you plant is also what you will sow! Galatians 6:7 teaches, “Do not be deceived: God is not mocked, for whatever one sows, that will he also reap.” I have never planted tomatoes and from that same plant harvested watermelons.
So, what will your “garden” look like? Have been working alongside the Lord to take care of the soil? Have you been planting the types of seeds that you want to see come to a harvest? If you are not sure what I am talking about and you want to know more, I would love to talk to you about the spiritual truths gardening can teach you. Or I can have you come on over to my garden and give you some practical instruction as I introduce you to Mr. Garden Hoe and Mrs. Shovel!
Matt Greco is a member of FCC and the headmaster at FCA.