There are a wide variety of food plants that I’ve never heard of, and after browsing a rare seed website, I have found several that I would like to try. Because my garden is complete, I decided to make room to add a few of these unusual crops. After digging out weeds, new pathways, and building a couple of trellises, the beds are ready for me to plant, but my body is in pain. I have muscles in my shoulders that have never hurt in my entire life; aging is getting to me. The pain reminds me that I’m still alive. I sure hope I like these new yard-long beans and sour cucumbers!
My work in the garden will eventually pay off by producing interesting food. Still, those plants will die, and I will have to plant more if I want to provide fresh food, but the time and effort I put into my relationship with Jesus and planting new crops for the Kingdom of God will continue into eternity. That harvest will meet me at the pearly gates when I enter Heaven.
Chapter 4 of 2 Corinthians is beautiful. If you need a pick-me-up, take a moment to read it; it’s short but impactful.
So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day. For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal. 2 Corinthians 4:16-18