I dabble in gardening. There is something very fulfilling and super creative about seeing something very little turn into something very large. Last year, I put a “peppers worth” of seeds into a cup of dirt, watched little sprouts come up, and ended up with 3 mature sweet pepper plants each producing 20 or so peppers. So cool.
I also had a major fail. I attempted to convert a former dog pen in our yard into a lettuce, cabbage and spinach garden. We have lots of bunnies in Illinois, so I wanted to make sure I put sweet stuff behind a fence. I cleared the weeds, put down some garden fabric over the existing rocks, and put a cubic ton of dirt on top. I planted several plants and waited. Very quickly, I had lettuce, cabbage and spinach plants thriving. This was going to be good! A week later… nothing. Shriveled up carcasses of former succulent plants was all that was left. It made no sense. What happened? I checked for bunny tracks. Nothing. I checked the moister of top soil. Felt good. Sunlight? Check. All seemed right. Then I checked the depth of the dirt I had planted those yummy future meals in. 3 inches. No room for roots. I had killed my garden by not giving it the ability to grow deep roots.
I learned several important lessons last season.
- A ton of dirt seems like a lot, until you spread it out. It’s then a “mile wide”, but an “inch deep”.
- Roots are important. Growing things need roots and they need soil to give them enough depth to find the food they need to grow. Sort of like me. Sort of like, you.
Colossians 2:7 says “Let your roots grow down into him, and let your lives be built on him. Then your faith will grow strong in the truth you were taught, and you will overflow with thankfulness.”
My plan for 2017 is centered on deep roots in abundant soil so that my relationship with God, my family, my friends, and those I serve through Christian radio will grow. Let’s Grow!
WBGL & CMB Board Member