Sunday, November 25, 2007

Lessons from.....

A Compost Pile

I keep a compost pile. It’s where my fruit and vegetable scraps go, along with grass clippings and many oak leaves. It sits on the north end of our house and heats up to a great soil. And each spring I ask my boys to take several loads of rich, loamy compost to our vegetable garden.

This year, we had a vine begin growing from an almost finished compost heap. It was lush, with dark green leaves. Curious person that I am, I allowed it to grow. And grow. And grow. It took over most of the yard at the end of the house. And it began producing many yellow flowers, which turned into beautiful butternut squash. Thirteen of them!

This was the best growing vegetable we had all year. And I didn’t have to do anything to it but keep it supplied with water. It never had any insect problems; I never had to feed it. It just grew.

Isn’t that how it is with our lives? Out of the garbage, God can make something beautiful. And fruitful. All we need to do is supply the water of the Word, and leave the rest up to him.

I guess we just need to be willing to let go of the garbage.


princessjes said...

Oh, yes most certainly... God is good at taking our garbage and using it to create beauty and fruit from it. I love that! GOD is so GOOD!

Anne Jackson said...

I so needed to hear this today. Some days my past haunts me a little more than normal and today has been one of those days. And surprise, time with God has sucked lately! Thanks for the reminder.

Cindy Beall said...

Robin, your words of wisdom and insight really touch me. So glad we're friends.

Christie said...

This post is a PERFECT closing to my morning reading! I have been stuggling lately with shame over some things I have a hard time with as a mother. I am SO thankful that He can redeem and restore all the places I have failed!

THANK YOU, Robin for your daily encouragement to those of us knee deep in sippy cups, laundry and math books!

Anna said...

... and they really look like that! ... and they were really tasty!!

Great post!

Robin Meadows said...

Wow! 5 comments! I guess I need to write about garbage more often! =)

jes-you're so sweet!
anne-you have a lot on your plate right now...go dump the garbage then sit in your Father's lap!
cindy-you're a light!
christie-it'll go by so fast you won't even believe it. Cherish the moments--even the tough ones! It WILL get easier!
anna--you bless me!!