I bet you didn’t know that your back yard is the PERFECT place for you and your family to grow deeper in faith. Spring is a time of hope and a warming of our souls and our bodies. It’s also a time we plant dead looking seeds, in faith, believing they will grow into strong plants bearing a good harvest. We plant because we know life comes from burying that dead seed. That representation of hope is just one that points to the gospel as we put our hands in the dirt.
Some of the most famous parables, or teaching stories, Jesus spoke were about farming. So when you grow up in the city it’s hard to understand to the core what He was saying. As my kids and I have worked our backyard organic garden the last six years it’s deepened our understanding of some of these stories.
Jesus used a planting analogy when trying to explain why He would die on the cross for us.
He told His disciples “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit. 25 Whoever loves his life loses it, and whoever hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life. 26 If anyone serves me, he must follow me; and where I am, there will my servant be also. If anyone serves me, the Father will honor him,” John 12:24-26 ESV.
Do you hear that? Jesus, in perfect faith and hope, planted His life in the ground knowing He’d be raised up again by the Father because it was the only way to make our dead hearts alive again in Christ. His one seed of obedience grew into the faithful Christian family of today all over the globe and in the Heavens.
You, my friend, are part of the fruit God bears on the earth when you have faith in Christ.
But it doesn’t stop there! As we follow Jesus, like He said in the above passage, we get to bear a rich harvest too. As we put our life seed in the ground of this generation, laying down our lives and plans and following His, we grow a miracle crop in the people around us with Jesus.
So when I’m in the garden, I can’t help but see the Bible in action. I see dead seeds coming alive. I see weeds being pulled from external forces just like our sin is pulled out by the Lord. There’s thorns growing up with my raspberries reminding me that there are blessings and hardships in life as I poke my finger looking for the good. And there’s a harvest after the plant grows for a season from tough rain and storms.
I mean, if that doesn’t make you want to have a garden, I don’t know what will! Experiment with some dirt and seeds and see what you and God can grow in your backyard and in your heart this spring! Feel free to ask questions below if you need help getting started!
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Andrea Chatelain’s mission is to meet women in their struggles and love them forward with God’s truth. She’s a Midwest mom of three, faith and family writer, and college English instructor to immigrants and refugees. She believes Jesus transforms lives when His people boldly seek Him. Her writing reflects her love for Jesus and heart for fellow believers.