Welcome to A Writer’s Garden where writers who are gardeners or just love gardens will be sharing their garden and flower stories, as well as a bit about their writing gardens—aka their books.
Today’s guest is author Amy Anguish who is talking about faith and carrots. Welcome, Amy.
Faith as Carrots
“Mommy, it’s hard to wait.” My three-year-old daughter leans over to look into our garden at least once a day and tells me something along those lines.
Yes. Waiting is hard. And gardening seems to come with its own special kind of waiting. Not only do you have to wait for the weather to cooperate, then you wait for a plant to grow, then bloom, then turn to fruit, then ripen. Is there anything more frustrating than staring at a green tomato in search of the slightest hint of red?
This year, we’re adding to our waiting exasperation. For the first time in years, we have a nice big sunny backyard, just perfect for planting and hopefully reaping a crop of veggies. When we were plotting in the spring what we might grow, we asked our daughter what she would like to plant.
Have you ever grown carrots? I had not. I knew a little bit about them, but honestly, the thought scared me. How do you grow something you can’t see growing?
However, Easter morning, in her basket, there was a packet of carrot seeds, and they have been planted in her own little corner of the garden with the hopes of getting to eat at least one in a few more weeks.
Slowly, but surely, those little green sprouts are popping up, hinting at something underneath. How big are they? Are they even growing the way we want or is it just a little scraggly root holding down the frilly green top? Is anything eating them under there before we can pull them up for our own table?
See the tiny sprout?
It’s hard to wait.
But wait we must. And trust. After all, this is God’s design, whether it makes sense to us or not. In a few weeks, we’ll gently dig around one and see what’s been going on. Until then, we have to have faith.
Isn’t faith a bit strong of a word for something so simple as carrots? After all, a bag of them doesn’t cost that much at the grocery store. It wouldn’t be the end of the world if nothing came of this 50 cent package of seeds.
And yet, there’s something so satisfying in pulling something out of your garden, knowing your hard work helped produce something you can enjoy. And with the pleasure my three-year-old will surely get from it, that makes it all the sweeter for me. So, yes. I use a word as strong as faith.
I want to have faith not only that my plants are growing down as well as up. I need to apply that faith to all parts of my life. Because having faith in the unseen is always harder … but it also always reaps the best rewards.
2 Corinthians 4:17-18 says, “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.”
That’s definitely something worth having faith in. How about you? Do you have faith enough for carrots and other unseen things?
About the Gardener/Writer
Author of An Unexpected Legacy
Amy Anguish grew up a preacher’s kid, and in spite of having lived in seven different states that are all south of the Mason Dixon line, she is not a football fan. Currently, she resides in Tennessee with her husband, daughter, and son, and usually a cat or two. Amy graduated with a degree in English from Freed-Hardeman University and hopes in all her creative endeavors to glorify God, but especially in her writing. She wants her stories to show that while Christians face real struggles, it can still work out for good.
Follow her at http://abitofanguish.weebly.com/
By Amy Anguish
When Chad Manning introduces himself to Jessica Garcia at her favorite smoothie shop, it’s like he stepped out of one of her romance novels. But as she tentatively walks into a relationship with this man of her dreams, secrets from their past threaten to shatter their already fragile bond. Chad and Jessica must struggle to figure out if their relationship has a chance or if there is nothing between them but a love of smoothies.