With our world in disarray due to Covid 19 I wanted to concentrate on something simple.
I’m going to plant a garden.
Now, I was raised on a farm, but I was never a gardener. My brother Greg has green thumbs and toes. I don’t. I like going to the grocery store and picking out fresh veggies. Not doing that as much these days with a stay at home order in effect for my state. Instead, I’m getting ready to plant my own garden.
I’m fortunate. I have plenty of room in my spacious yard. I’m not going anywhere anytime soon, and I have a nephew with a rototiller who came over to give me a hand while practicing social distancing. So. No excuse not to plant a garden this year.
The Amish are amazing gardeners. I doubt I’ll have the same success with my first garden but I’m willing to work at it. I once read an Amish proverb about gardening that I can’t recall exactly or even remember where I saw it, but it struck a cord with me. God brings the rain and the sun to make the garden grow but a man must still hoe the weeds. To me it means that God and hard work are both needed for a fruitful life. I believe that.
While we are all waiting for the world to return to normal, we can each work on making our lives more fruitful.
Till the soil: spend more time in prayer.
Plant the seeds: reaching out to others in a phone call or letter. Helping in any way we can.
Reap the rewards: a kinder, happier and more joyful life when we are all together again.
USA Today Bestselling author Patricia Davids grew up on a Kansas farm with four brothers. After college she began a wonderful career as a nurse. In 1973 Pat wrote a letter to a lonely sailor. Little did she know her talent with words would bring her love, marriage and motherhood.
An avid reader, Pat longed to write a book, but put her dream on hold as she raised a family and worked in an NICU. It wasn’t until 1996 that she began writing seriously. Today, Pat enjoys crafting emotionally satisfying romances where love and faith bring two people together forever.