Spring is finally here.
I'm not a big
gardener, but I do like to plant spring flowers to decorate the front of
my house. And so today I began to dig into the dirt and plant the pretty
annuals that I bought. The longer I dug and sifted and mixed that
healthy black soil, the filthier my hands got. The blacker my
fingernails became, the more I began to think about dirt. What's in it,
anyway? Just what was it that was lodged under my nails?
dirt I was using was primarily top soil. A quick search on Google
reveals that top soil is primarily organic matter and microorganisms*.
Wait. What? Isn't organic matter a nice term for rotting leaves?
Animal waste? Decomposing insects, worms and other animal matter?
It only took about two seconds for me to connect the dots: I had
decomposing worms and what the dog leaves in the yard under my nails!
There truly is no way to do a good job of gardening,
however, without getting your hands dirty. It's the nature of the thing.
Plants need the organic matter to grow. The minerals in the decomposing
plants and animals are what feeds the plants; and the plants, in turn,
give us oxygen, food and visual pleasure. It's the way it is: No yukky
stuff, no pretty plants!
It truly is nature's jewel of an
example of what the bible means when it says that, "God has made
everything beautiful for its own time." (Eccl. 3:11 NLT). It also
helps us to understand why the Word of God says, "...God causes
everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are
called according to his purpose for them." (Rom. 8:28 NLT).
Not connecting the dots here?
Let me help: If God created
the earth in such a way that it actually requires animal waste
and decomposing plant and animal matter to ensure that plants grow, then
we can be certain that whatever "dirt" we are going through right now is
going to be used by God for His glory. And not only that, but we can be
sure that when that "dirt" of our trials gets up under our fingernails,
so to speak, we can trust Him to cleanse us emotionally, physically and
spiritually. We can be convinced that in the end, we will understand why
the Bible says, "We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and
trials, for we know that they help us develop endurance. And endurance
develops strength of character, and character strengthens our confident
hope of salvation." (Romans 5:3-4 NLT)
Whatever it is you
are going through right now...Remember that without dirtying your hands,
beautiful flowers, vegetables and fruit can never grow. God has this. He
will make everything beautiful, in His time!
In His love,
Lynona Gordon Chaffart, Speech-Language Pathologist, mother of two, Author --
"Aboard God's Train -- A
Journey With God Through the Valley of Cancer", Author and Moderator for The Nugget, a tri-weekly internet
Scriptural Nuggets, a
website devoted to Christian devotionals and inspirational poems, with
Follow Lyn on Twitter @lynchaffart.