Charting Summer Growth

Thursday, May 16, 2013 Posted by Debbie Legg

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My husband is a grain farmer. As such, we have a few different names for the seasons.  Spring is also called planting season.  Summer is growing season.  Fall is harvest.  Winter is when you work on projects left over from last winter.

Spring has the preparation--till the soil, fertilize, plant seeds in the correct manner, kill weeds, irrigate (if you have the means), but once all of that is done there is nothing you can do to make the crops grow.   Summer is the season when you watch and wait.  

The days turn into weeks, and then months.  All along we check for progress—amounts of rainfall, heat indexes, measurements and calculations. 

In the meantime we play outside and get tan (well, the rest of my family does.  My Irish skin not so much).  We camp and swim and ride.  The boys play tennis and tee ball.  We enjoy the looser schedule and longer days.

And when fall rolls around we realize that none of the boys’ clothes from last year will fit them.  Those fellas GREW over the summer.  They grew while I was watching but couldn’t see it happening.  As the crops matured, so did they (and hopefully we adults did as well). 

We did what we could and then left it all in God’s hands.  Our minds and hearts went elsewhere as He worked in the watched yet unnoticed spaces.

I planted the seed, Apollos watered it, but God has been making it grow.   So neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but only God, who makes things grow. (1 Cor 3:6,7)

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