Pumpkin’ Pickin’

Sep 30

My parents have a large garden on some land they have in northern Georgia. Yesterday, we went to visit them there to pick pumpkins. These are the very same pumpkins that the kids planted themselves way back when frost was still on the ground. It was exciting to say the least. There is just something indescribable about starting with a tiny seed and ending up with a fat and fabulous orange pumpkin.

Hmm…you know what I’m thinking? Of course, you do. That is how Jesus is planted in our lives and the lives of others. It all starts with a tiny seed. Then growth begins until finally it comes to fruition. My kids were fortunate. They got to see the seeds they planted grow to their full potential. Many times, we plant seeds in the lives of others and we do not get to see the fruits of our labor. Other times, someone else has planted the seed, and we are merely the water and the rain that helps it grow. Again, we may never see that seed grow to produce fruit. The job of the planter and the one who nourishes are still important, though.

Once I was at a stoplight beside a gas station. When I looked over, next to the road beside the big light-up gas station sign was a watermelon still growing on the vine in a grassy spot. It was obviously not someone’s watermelon patch. I am guessing that someone enjoying a slice of watermelon in the car (Yes, I know that sounds messy, but we are talking about the south!) spit their seed out the window. The conditions were just right, so a watermelon grew. I am sure the person doing the spitting had no idea that a watermelon had sprouted from their seed-filled spout from the car. Nevertheless, there it was – large striped green ball of sticky red deliciousness. Makes you wonder, where you have planted seeds. And no I don’t mean the watermelon kind!

Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few.”

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  • Stephanie (Ocean Mommy) Oct 1 at 2:12 am

    Sounds like a fun day!


  • The Stokes Family Oct 1 at 12:41 pm

    I love it! I think this is what I am most excited about when thinking of the new house–having land to grow a garden! The kids are excited about it too–the harvest is such an incredible lesson for children and adults alike. Thanks for sharing!


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