“Peas, Mama?” It’s been the same every morning since my mother planted peas in our garden. My children want to enjoy their goodness. Once we planted the first seed, we told them to keep watch for the peas. To see them grow. And so many times when we’re outside both kids will walk to the garden and look for the peas.
We waited for the first sign of life to burst through the soil. We watered. We gave thanks for the sun’s warmth. Each time we checked, we saw a bit more growth. Yet it’s never soon enough for me. I like to see results, but gardening is opening my eyes to slow growth and trust in the process. Through my children’s eyes, I see the joy in anticipation and the hope for what is to come. Like them, I wait and marvel at God’s creation unfolding before our eyes.
This message is excerpted from “What the garden can teach us” by Kimberly Knowle-Zeller from the July 29, 201, blog of the Women of the ELCA.
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