Hello Parkview members and readers,
I have a story about a broccoli plant. Maybe you have planted seeds in your gardens now, hoping for pretty flowers or good things to eat? This is a true story from a retired pastor:
“When we bought our first house, I rototilled a plot of ground to plant a vegetable garden. At the farmer’s market, I bought various plants including broccoli, which we really like. After I placed the vegetables in rows in the ground, I had one broccoli plant left. I put it at the back of the plot. My garden thrived except for that one broccoli at the back – it produced nothing except leaves that curled and wrinkled like a sick plant. Why?
“Maybe it needs more fertilizer, water or spray for pests, I thought. But nothing helped. Then I wondered – am I watering, fertilizing and spraying it too much? So, one-by-one, I quit watering, fertilizing, weeding and applying pesticides. But the broccoli didn’t improve. So I gave up. I had lots else to do – work, kids, chores.
“When summer ended, like a good gardener, I pulled up dried-up okra stalks and tomato vines. When I worked my way to the back of the garden – guess what I saw? That broccoli plant had turned into a Brussels sprouts plant! There it was, all covered with Brussels sprouts! Somehow it had got mixed up with the broccoli plants at the farmer’s market.
“All summer long, I thought there was something wrong with that plant! Stuck at the back of the garden, ignored, those leaves were wrinkled and rolled-up because that’s what Brussels sprouts do! I’d done everything trying to stop this plant from becoming what it was meant to be – a Brussels sprouts plant! I tried to do what only God can do – change its basic nature.
“And this life lesson makes me think: Do I ever make wrong assumptions about people or circumstances? Do I ever try to change individuals or situations from what God intended, instead of trying to be ‘an instrument for noble purposes, made holy, useful to the Master,’ (2 Timothy 2:21)? Do I do good things when what’s needed is the right thing?”
This amusing story makes me think, also, of the gifts of the Holy Spirit which enable us to grow in the way we are meant to grow and flourish. God has gifted us to fulfil God’s purposes in our lives. We are each unique with these gifts, our talents and our skills. Are you generous and helpful using your skills, contributing to the needs of others? We are meant to serve.
So, in thinking about the broccoli story: how are you growing? Are you utilizing the gifts God has given you? Are you becoming the person God intends you to be? Let’s ask God our Gardener to put us in a garden where God wants us to be and blossom and develop according to God’s design!
Blessings to all, keep safe and well, Rev. Mary