It’s that wonderful time of the year when God grows beautiful flowers and delicious fruits and vegetables in the Northern Hemisphere.
Then God said, “Let the earth sprout vegetation,
plants yielding seed, and fruit trees on the earth
bearing fruit after their kind with seed in them”;
and it was so.
The earth brought forth vegetation,
plants yielding seed after their kind,
and trees bearing fruit with seed in them, after their kind;
and God saw that it was good.
At this time of year, we can see the result of what He started in the beginning. Our old-fashioned hibiscus is sprouting its giant red blossoms.
The pink crepe myrtle is blooming.
The day lilies have a few yellow blooms.
The Black-eyed Susans are covered with blooms.
Our roses are not in their prime, but we can still find a few pretty blooms.
If this year is like most years, the pink Knock Out® rose will bloom profusely one more time, but even now we can find a bloom here and there.
The garden our son-in-law planted in our yard is yielding a plethora of watermelons and many good things to eat. Our daughter brought us this yummy collection one day last week.
He causes the grass to grow for the cattle,
And vegetation for the labor of man,
So that he may bring forth food from the earth . . .
In the seasons of each year, we see that God is keeping His promise to Noah.
“While the earth remains,
Seedtime and harvest,
And cold and heat,
And summer and winter,
And day and night
Shall not cease.”
Homeschooling mamas often struggle under a heavy burden of responsibility. Mamas can look around them and see God’s hand in growing flowers and food, but it is sometimes hard for them to remember that God is working to grow their children, too. Mamas aren’t really as responsible as they often think they are. We aren’t responsible for everything in our children’s lives. We are actually God’s fellow workers.
As the apostle Paul told the church in Corinth, concerning those who preached the gospel:
I planted, Apollos watered, but God was causing the growth.
So then neither the one who plants
nor the one who waters is anything,
but God who causes the growth.
Now the one who plants and the one who waters are one;
but each will receive his own reward
according to his own labor.
For we are God’s fellow workers;
you are God’s field, God’s building.
1 Corinthians 3:6-9