We end each week on an inspirational note, with a feature called “Spiritual Saturday.” Nothing preachy, just some genuine thoughts from us designed to lift your thoughts to things above...
To my tastebuds, there’s nothing that can quite compare with a juicy home grown tomato. One late spring afternoon I unfurled the hose to give our collection of seven heirloom variety tomato plants a good soaking.
My wife and I have found growing backyard tomatoes to be fairly easy and very enjoyable. Sometimes we have grown them in a raised bed, other times in a pot on the patio, and just recently in five gallon buckets filled with potting soil.
The biggest challenge we’ve faced has been protecting the plants from pests and disease. The biggest pest of all is the tomato hornworm. A large brown and grey moth lays eggs on the underside of leaves, and upon hatching the tiny green worms quickly plump to a little longer than a business card in length, and the circumference of a nickel. If left unchecked the chomping worms will devour developing fruit and decimate an entire plant in a matter of hours.
After thoroughly watering each plant I then carefully inspected the foliage for holes, worm droppings, or any other evidence of infestation, and any discovered predators were easily picked off. Marigolds may be planted nearby to discourage the marauders, and insecticide can also be helpful to control a worm invasion. And beneficial insects such as ladybugs and praying mantises are an organic method of blocking bothersome bugs.
Thus protected, our plants have a great chance to thrive in the bright sun, and we look forward eagerly to a juicy, tasty harvest of succulent red fruits.
In many places the Bible reminds us to protect our most prized possession, our minds. Even more important than a tomato harvest is the vital importance of keeping our thoughts, emotions, desires, and attitudes free from chomping worms of negativity, anger, jealousy, and greed. In doing so we’ll reap a life filled with a bounty of happiness, love, compassion, and wholeness.
For further study:
“Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.” (Proverbs 4:23)
“For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of.” (Matthew 12:34)
“Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.” (Romans 12:2)
Until next time, may words bless you!
* * * Chris & Jen
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