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sow for yourselves…

July.2.2009

Yesterday we got to start planting the seeds in all of the buckets we constructed the day before.  This was a long and tedious process – going through the 250 buckets and sowing these tiny things that will one day bring nutrition and income to the orphanage.  It was also a great reminder to me that although we may do everything correctly, assembling all the pieces precisely and giving the seeds everything they need, we can’t make them grow.  We just can’t.  We can provide an environment that is conducive to growth – nutrients, air, water, sun – but we cannot cause the growth.  It is a blessing from the Lord.

seeds

workin together

God has shown me how this parallels our own spiritual lives.  We have two choices:  1) We don’t create an environment conducive to growth – we fail to take time talk to Him, read about Him, think or talk about Him, ponder Him – our Creator and love; or 2) We do create this environment (not as a have-to legalistic thing, but out of the love and longing we have for Him at that time in our hearts).  But the thing is – He is the grower, not us.  So in that number one scenario, He can still grow us, if that be what He wants to bring Him more glory.  I’ve definitely seen Him be faithful even when I was not obedient.  I am so thankful for that.  But, just as a seed grows better when it has the elements it craves, I’ve also noticed how the faithfulness of the grower abounds when those ‘elements’ are there.  And His faithfulness spurs on my obedience.  It’s a great circle.

reflection

After we finished the rooftop garden the new project was to create dividers for the tilapia tank (aka pool) they have on site – we created them out of an old trampoline net, pvc pipe, and zip ties.

fish net and kids

Then came the adventure.  Sandefur and Tim (the guy who designed the rooftop garden and adopting two kids that is down here this week) got into the pool with the fish to implement the plan.  It worked surprisingly well, too.  Put two dividers into the tank and separate the fish into small, medium, and large in order to know when to properly harvest them.  Doesn’t sound that fun but it was actually an exciting 2 hours of our afternoon.  The fish were pretty spunky.

fish wrangling
Sow for yourselves righteousness; reap steadfast love; break up your fallow ground, for it is time to seek the Lord, that He may come and rain righteousness upon you.”  Hosea 10:12

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