Monday, June 30, 2008

Lessons from a Green Bean

By now, most of you know I grow a vegetable garden every year, (with plenty of help from two daughters and 4 precious pea-pickers).

And in that garden I always grow a fence of green beans. Now, when green beans begin producing, they must be picked every day.

On this particular year, I remember picking beans, and filling my basket. Pick a bean, then another and another… and OH MY HEAVENS. That is not a bean! It’s the tail of a little green snake!

Not being a snake-lover, you could hear me squealing from several acres away, I’m sure. I know that little snake was as scared as I was, because he slithered away quickly, hiding himself in the leafy vines.

At this point, I had a choice. Either ask someone else to come pick beans for me, or be a little more careful when picking them myself. Deciding to be a big girl, I choose the latter, and now with gloved hand, began picking beans a little more slowly and carefully.

Now, God talks to me in my garden. After all, it was His original walking place, so I figure He likes mine pretty well too. So, we were talking. And He told me that satan is like that little green snake. He hides, he deceives, he’s sneaky. But, I didn’t need to be afraid of that little snake. I just needed to be aware of him, ….just like I need to be aware of satan.

That little snake lived all season in my green bean fence, reminding me daily to be cautious and on-guard, but not to be fearful, of him or of satan. I only squealed a few times. : )

Thanks God! It was a good lesson.

… Satan will not outsmart us. For we are familiar with his evil schemes. (II Cor. 2:11)


Theresa said...

That is great scripture to finish my day with. I love green beans but will pass on the little green snake! :)

Jordan Garrett said...

Good post! LOVE IT! (just not the snake part...)

valerie said...

Yikes....I hate snakes too. You were brave to keep at it.
By the way, your green bean fence is beautiful! Aren't fresh veggies just the best? My hubby works hard in his garden. My part is the cookin'!
I love the verse (II Cor. 2:11) and I needed that. It's something I know about him, but need to be reminded. He's always hard at work because he knows his time is short.
Have a great week!

HomeSchool Mommy said...

You are much braver than I!!!! I would have freaked out and not picked any more!

Great lesson! Thank you for sharing!

Katie said...

The green beans look great! They were just little tiny vines when I left. Hope to pick the garden with you when I get home. Love you!

shanna said...

This is a great analagy!

memykidsteacher said...

You are such a SHOWOFF with that bean picture.

Natalie @ I AM (not) said...

Snakes don't bother me, but that would have scared me too. Great post!

Roger Garrett said...

Love the meaning but would have loved to have seen a video of you grabbing that tail

Abbi said...

Great lesson. You're very wise to be able to make all these analogies. I would've just screamed and spent the rest of the day indoors. ;)

Farm Fresh Jessica said...

I come to the garden alone...

Pretty cool archway!

God is in everything isn't He? Our job is to just pay attention!

You're such an encourager--so jealous of those who get *hugs* from you IRL.

Brittney Pirtle said...

oh mercy... LOL you know i would have had a heart attack and never went back into the garden... if it were my garden! lol i see toads on my porch and get scared to go home! LOL your so brave! thats why i love you!

Kim Heinecke said...

Yum. This is a good post.
I've been out of town, missed my Robin-fix, lately!