I carefully placed my peas, exactly one inch apart, down the small divot that would make up my row. Once done I carefully pushed the moist brown dirt over them and patted the dirt down. I sat back and breathed in the fresh smell of growing plants and earth and felt instantly invigorated. I started planting my garden in mid-May and throughout each step, from preparing the ground to planting seeds and watching them grow, I thought of all the lessons they have to give us. But on this day as I sat back and looked at my newly planted peas, already anticipating the week long wait before they will unfurl their fresh green leaves into the air, I began to think of seeds and how they can do nothing but rest in the soil that I have carefully prepared for them. They sit and they wait. And in that environment they slowly begin to grow. This of course is the very beginning of their journey. Soon a bright new world will meet them when they poke their heads out of the ground and grow taller each day toward the sun and then begin to produce fruit. It is a marvelous and magical process to witness. And as I watch my garden and this progression I think of our creator and how he is so graciously nurturing our family during this season of waiting.
We, like the peas, are resting in the environment he has put us in before we travel to Tanzania to start our first four year term. Our Creator God knew all about the hectic travel schedule we had held over this past year and a half. He knew we needed a break and so he planted us in Moscow during the most beautiful time of year and has asked us to wait on Him and enjoy His quiet presence. He has faithfully allowed us to enjoy many of the things that we had prepared ourselves to give up. In the mornings I am able to bring Micah to swimming lessons where we watch him enjoy the company of other children as he learns how to swim. During the heat of the day I meet with friends under shade trees to watch our children play and discuss our lives. And in the afternoons during the week we have the opportunity to be part of two different Bible studies in Hebrews and Philippians. And as the sun slips over the hills on its way over the horizon I enjoy the thrill of kneeling down in my garden to pluck weeds from the earth and water my plants. The Lord has also given us the opportunity to spend some time with my sister, who has recently moved to Moscow and is starting to settle in. Often times, we are not quite sure just what God is doing or what he is planning, but we feel his blessings in whatever he has for us. Indeed we feel like the Lord is faithfully pouring out his goodness on us this summer and we can’t begin to describe how thankful we are for him.
My peas growing in their soil.
Marigolds keeping watch over the broccoli and cauliflower.
Cherry tomatoes coming soon!
Picking strawberries with my sister and my favorite little boy!
Thankful for God's many blessings:)