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Faith Comment published in the Petersfield Post

9 December 2009: Susanne Irving, Petersfield Christian Fellowship

Gardening lessons

This year I have tried my hand at gardening – and it has been a steep learning curve.

I knew I was in trouble, as soon as my first order of geraniums, verbena and busy lizzies arrived. I had bought far more plants then I could ever use. (We are talking in the order of 300 plugs when 30 would have done the job.) I should have checked the requirements and characteristics of different flowers before embarking on a spending spree...

And if it hadn’t been for the input of green-fingered friends, my front garden would now be a paradise for weeds. I would have uprooted valuable flowers, as they often look plain and unassuming when they are young.

I have learned that weeds can look deceptively delicate and pretty, but they are a hardy lot. If you don’t uproot them completely, they will soon reappear...

I now realise that successful gardening takes planning, knowledge and perseverance. I am happy to have another go next year, as no lasting harm will be done if I get it wrong.

However, I cannot afford to do a botch job when it comes to my life.

Luckily, God is happy to work in me. He not only created me, but has also allocated a place for me, so I will never be surplus to requirement. He knows what would cause me to shrivel and what will help me to thrive. At times this may involve some radical pruning and the uprooting of weed-like habits to help my life to flourish. Growth takes time, but I believe it will all be worth it in the end.


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