It's kind of amazing to look out and see those little green sprouts shooting up from the ground where we planted seeds. I guess I'm just always kind of amazed when we get anything to grow. We are such rookies. I can spend so much time researching what to plant, when & with what companion plants that I procrastinate and don't actually get the seeds in the ground. Finally out of sheer frustration from looking at that beautifully tilled garden spot, my husband & boys will get out there and just start planting. They may not even bother to read the seed packages or look things up in the books, but they'll get them planted.
And that amazes me. I have so much to learn about just getting in there and doing things, instead of sitting back and analyzing things to death. Because we have planted late, we might not get the best harvest, but will get 100% more than we would have gotten with my good intentions not planted.
I think the Nike ad – Just Do It – had the right idea. Sometimes we have to quit being perfectionists and just do it! God is so gracious to bless us with anything that grows in that garden. It reminds me of how we need to just do something when we're getting “behind” with school work or housework or anything really.
I had been so excited about having a garden. We had been composting chicken droppings, horse manure and plant stuff so we'd have this great rich soil. I bought the Farmer's Almanac so I could try to figure out the proper time to plant. We asked people which varieties of plants did well around here. But when planting time came, I wasn't feeling well. Then I started to feel guilty because that kept us from planting things at the proper time. Then it would rain and we'd have to wait for things to dry out. Then we'd need to till again because the grass would have started growing in the meantime. I felt like such a failure every time I looked out there and saw that unplanted garden spot.
But God knew what He was doing when He gave me the husband and boys that He did. When I'm ready to throw in the towel, they get in there and “just do it”. And God honors that. As I'm watching tomatoes ripen and the other plants sprouting, I'm thankful. It is all so much more than I deserve.