Recently, a suspicious wind blew in and knocked flat most of our sunflower wall which separated the community garden from the alley. Without the protective wall, it feels like the smashed butternut squash and the disappearing watermelons (three now) could become commonplace.
But just as we gave the garden to God, so does He give us gifts back. We’ve developed new friendships and harvested some really nice fruits. Overall, the garden project has been a great experience. But let me tell you about two specific gifts.
First, I was hoping that we would at least get to share watermelon once. The night before Labor Day, we popped two watermelon in the fridge, which looked like they might finally be ready. I selected one of two large melons; the other large melon still looked unripe.
It was raining on Labor Day, but we still got to have our little impromptu watermelon party on the porch. It was delicious!
A day or two later, the other big watermelon had disappeared. I doubt it was ready, because the two I had picked were on the edge.
Second, I got an email from Stephanie Leinbach, a neighbor of my aunt. She had read my blog. Would you like some butternut squash? she asked.
Don’t mind if I do! I even made butternut squash dessert for garden night.
Best of all, she gave us six, double what was smashed.
“I feel like Job,” I told Marnell, remembering how God took away his possessions and then gave them back double.
It’s nice to know God cares, and uses such a lovely bunch of sisters to give His blessings!