How Does Your Garden Grow? 

Brussels sproutsEnjoying Brussels Sprouts

Found this great article by Jan Ross, I hope you enjoy…..

I thought ours was growing well. At least until recently!

This article talks not only about gardening but also includes the preserving of food at home which has its advantages. Number one you know what’s in your food and there is no worry about eating bugs, or other less-than-desirable items found in store bought produce.

Our attempted at growing Brussels sprouts

Up to now we’ve not attempted to grow Brussels sprouts before until this year. We figured we’d try the unknown by also adding turnips and a few extra delicacies we all enjoyed.  Their heads look like cabbage but their stalks are very unique. Stepping out on a limb here I think it’s quite safe to say no two stalks are the same.  The small heads are as distinctive as a thumbprint, such as our creators imagination is.

This afternoon my husband harvested our first batch of home-grown Brussels sprouts. I couldn’t have been more excited to bring those little perfectly formed gems into my kitchen and being the preserving process. New challenges lie ahead.

As I sorted each box, washing each and manicuring the outer leaves and placing the inner core in a solution of salt water I could just taste the butter and a pinch of salt being cooked just right.  Now I started to peel the outside leaves and to my astonishment, I noticed little bugs lying under the green sprouts. I was horrified!

Suprise, Suprise!

I couldn’t imagine how these wonderfully formed vegetables were able to provide a perfect hideaway for these little critters.  From my garden! I started to panic thinking about if I was able to find all these little freeloaders!  Thinking of how could they have gone unnoticed for all this time as we watched the stalks grow?

I began to work my way through the sprouts in the heavily salted water which I prepared. The little critters began to work themselves loose from their grip on the sprouts.  It took some faith but I concluded I had eliminated all the uninvited guests and went on to prepare the Brussels sprouts for blanching and freezing all the while watching for any uninvited critters.

All the time I’m thinking about if the Lord had a lesson in here for me. Of course, I should have known that every natural circumstance has the potential to provide a powerful spiritual lesson, and now I start to think about the worms and vegetables which are not a pretty sight when I think about it.

As we begin with the stalk’s of the sprouts, they are tall with leaves that spread as far as they can go, this provides a place for their offspring to develop in a healthy environment. There are no two stalks alike, they are unique in every way except for the fact that Brussels sprouts produce only Brussels sprouts.

Just as the stalks of the Brussels sprouts are unique, God created each one of us unique, formed for a purpose to bring praise to the Creator who is, above all, worthy.

“I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvelous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well” (Psalm 139:14 KJV).

Just as the Brussels sprouts began with no apparent blemishes or stowaways we tend to have hidden undesirables tucked away deep in our hearts, visible to no one. The Chief Inspector is totally aware of their presence. Because our Lord loves us even more than my husband and I love each other, He gently brings us to our feet and peels away the outer layers exposing our innermost man. Our Lord gently cuts off the outer layers which harden the heart and turns it into a heart of flesh, tender and compassionate, just as His.

As the process goes on as He continues the work by seasoning us with salt not just to preserve us, but to rid us of undesirable behavior and tendencies hidden in our hearts. As the salt is applied, those crawlies behind the surface begins to loosen their grip and separate themselves from our lives. The Master Preserver then takes us and purifies us even more by subjecting us to the fire, stopping the growth of those things which had previously so easily beset us.

“For every one shall be salted with fire, and every sacrifice shall be salted with salt” (Mark 9:49 KJV).

Carefully, we are put through the processor and prepared for eternity. Unfortunately while the Brussels sprouts will last only up to a year in the freezer, our Master Preserver seals us unto the day of redemption. “and grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption” (Ephesians 4:30 KJV).

I would never have thought such a lesson could be found in the preparation of Brussels sprouts for freezing? I’m happy during my preparation process I was able to reflect on something positive about our Lord in the leafy green vegetable, they served a purpose by revealing another way our Lord speaks to us through his creation.

Thankfully, because Immanuel, God With Us, came to earth, anointed by the Spirit of God “that [we] might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the LORD” (Isaiah 61:3 KJV), He will continue to be glorified as the cleansing and purifying process continues in each of our lives until the Harvest.

I’ll certainly pay more attention to worms in the future how about you?

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