The reality is no matter how garden nerdy I am, there is always an element of just faking my way through it. This pot is a perfect example of that. I threw in different basil seeds and then promptly forgot what I did. So when the leaves started appearing, I was pretty happy to see that I had mixed purple and green basil together because I think it will look amazing when full grown. Plus purple pesto? That just seems awesome.
I recently spoke on a parable on growing found in Mark 4. I didn’t do a great job at the time, but what I was trying to convey was that there is mystery in the process. Our job is to be present in that process and trust that God is working in the world. I feel that way about growing food a lot. There is a mystery in the actual germination, growing and eventual harvest. I am not a passive bystander in this process, I’m watering, weeding and caring for the soil. But God is making the seed grow and be fruitful.
This parable has been exceptionally helpful in a season where I’m not really sure what or how I’m supposed to be doing ministry. However, I’m tending the garden I have and am trusting the mystery.