Gardening God’s Word

Warricks 2013BY:  CRAIG WARRICK


BIBLE TEXT:  2 Timothy 3:16, 17 NLT:  “All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right. God uses it to prepare and equip his people to do every good work.”

PERSONAL REFLECTION:  One of my many hobbies is gardening. Even though the temperature is below freezing this time of year, I still dream of spring and planting season. I must not be alone because I started receiving seed catalogs the first week of January.  A few years ago I decided to have a go at organic gardening. That meant I had to stop using all of the chemical fertilizers and pesticides that makes producing those tomatoes pictured on the front of the seed catalogs relatively easy. Much to my neighbor’s disappointment, I installed two composting bins and began the study of proper soil enhancement. I quickly discovered it’s science–the process of layering “green” and “brown” organic household waste with the proper moisture level and aeration. It was a bit overwhelming. I came across an interview with a Kentucky farmer discussing the process of growing. He made the point that it would be crazy to go to the soil and say, “This is what I want and this is what I expect from you.” Basically, produce because I’ve decided I want you to. He says the better approach is to ask, “What do you need from me to grow and produce fruit?”

As I reflected on his comments and my own gardening experience, I related it to how I sometime approach God and his Word. I wake up one day and say, “It’s been a while, guess I should probably read some scripture.” Then I randomly open His Word and say, “Here’s what I expect from you.” (The answer to all my problems, worries, questions, etc.) Rather, what God wants from me is the attitude of “what do you need from me, Lord?” This requires work and discipline. Digging in, reading, studying, praying, and relating have to occur. Out of those actions comes the fruit that He has for me.


Lord, thank you for your Word. Please give me the discipline and desire find it’s truths daily.



Craig is a husband of one, father of three, dog owner of four, and participant in too many hobbies to count. He also makes an excellent latte and would like to offer you an opportunity to taste one of his creations and support missions in the brōō café on Sunday mornings.

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