We had a few hours respite from the rain on Saturday, so my hubby finally got the raised beds for the veggie garden done. I'm so pleased. This week I'll layer them lasagne style and come September, they should be ready.
I love autumn - the avenues of trees with leaves of reds, yellows and browns leave me delighted. For some reason whenever I think "autumn" the word "rich" comes to mind - maybe it's all that beauty. Or maybe it’s all those leaves falling to add it’s wealth to the soil.
I love looking at nature and seeing God’s hand at work. Like the seasons. Autumn – a time of preparing ourselves for the season ahead, letting go of what is not needed (Hebrews 12 v1-2). Winter – a time of resting in God (Isaiah 30 V15)(think dormancy) even when there is no fruitfulness and it feels like the storms will not end. Spring a time of growth and sowing for the future. Summer – a time of abundance, harvesting, but also storing up - produce for winter and seed for the future.
In all of these, it’s important to be discerning. What season are you in now? What is needed for this season? How can you prepare for the coming seasons? I missed my December sowings in the veggie garden last year, I was just too busy. March arrived and there was barely anything I could use from the garden – I had to rely heavily on the local veggie shop. There’s a lesson in that. One of my favourite scriptures is Proverbs 24:3-4
“Through wisdom a house is built, and by understanding it is established; and by knowledge the rooms shall be filled with all precious and pleasant riches.”
And Luke 14:28-30 strengthens the point:
“For which of you, intending to build a tower, does not sit down first and count the cost, whether he may have enough to finish it; lest perhaps, after he has laid the foundation and is not able to finish, all those seeing begin to mock him, saying, This man began to build and was not able to finish.”