Raspberry Planting

Monday, May 7, 2001

Isaiah 40:4-5 – Fill every valley; level every mountain. The hills will become a plain, and the rough country will be made smooth. Then the glory of the Lord will be revealed, and all mankind will see it. The Lord himself has promised this. (GNB)

Our family has been spending a lot of time outdoors lately. There is always yard work to be done, especially in the spring. We have been pruning, planting and weeding for several days. We have planted seeds indoors to transplant into our garden later. We have planted the cold-loving vegetables directly into our garden, and we have transplanted the many raspberry canes that insist on growing where they do not belong.

As we were planting, I wondered what happens to the extra dirt one digs out of the hole one is preparing for the plant. One never seems to have too much. It always disappears somewhere.

Yet, when we dig the raspberries up, an empty spot is always left in the yard, and we have to fill it with soil from somewhere else. How can that be? We take away something, and it leaves a hole, but when we add something, it always fits.

We can always add God to our lives. He doesn't take up any extra room. No matter what else we have in our lives, how busy we get, there is always room for Him. Yet, when we take Him out of our lives, there is an empty hole.

What are you planting in your garden?

Prayer: Wondrous God, You fit into our lives so easily. Without You, we would be empty. Nourish our bodies, and fill us with Your love. Amen.

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