"To obey is better than sacrifice, and to heed is better than the fat of rams." ... 1 Samuel 15:22
One summer out at the farm, I grew seven varieties of tomatoes, making something like 25 plants intermingled in my huge garden.
I'm not even sure how that happened. Well, except that lots of tomato seedlings popped up from the previous year, not surprising because of how wild it got out there, what with the toppled-over, tomato-jungle-like place I'd let it become.
Harvest time was crazy-maddening that 7-variety year, but fun. Naomi, being more graceful than I, could step amongst all those plants, squishing far fewer tomatoes than I, so I'd send her out often with a big bowl.
This Spring, I didn't plant any tomato seeds and I've positively procrastinated driving over to Home Depot for a couple tomato plants (it's July for goodness' sake. They're probably long gone.). Yet, one lone tomato seedling came up on its own where I planted tomatoes last year so I carried it over to my 'farm garden bed' (as I call it, only a microscopic shadowed-size of the one out at the farm). It's grown a lot, but--for July--it's still Charlie-Brown-Christmas-tree puny.
What if only a couple tomatoes grow on it? That's fine with me, for hey--there's no law which says I must grow bowls full of tomatoes every single year. Some folks (bossy gardening zealots) believe there's a law, but nope, there is not.
What there is, is listening to Grace. What is she telling me this year? To grow tomatoes? Or to, instead, believe for the money to buy them at the store? To make my own salsa? Or to continue buying it (the kinds we love) so cheaply with sales + coupons?
Oh, to follow Grace! And to let other people follow her, also, rather than insisting, "What works for me, will work for everyone." For uh, no. What works for everyone is that they obey what God specifically asks them to do. And what will do us good is to remember that God's ways of provision are far more varied, creative and limitless than we could ever comprehend.
His ways! They're not ours, but oh, they could be. If only we'd listen.
"But Peter and the apostles answered, “We must obey God rather than men." ... Acts 5:29
And as with nearly all my posts--I'm not just talking about what it appears I'm talking about. You know, in this case, tomatoes. No, I always aim for something more, something to parallel what you are doing or thinking about. :)
... still playing with the new kitchen window! I'm aiming to paint it on Wednesday. We'll see if that actually happens. :)
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Naomi arrived home in Nashville safely--yay!