Lessons From My Garden

Lessons From My Garden

The week before Easter I walked around my yard, looking for signs of life. It was a very hard winter in Michigan and spring has been slow in coming. I looked at the lifeless sticks that were supposed to be perennials and decided that many had not survived the winter. Imagine my surprise when I walked around again the week after Easter. Almost overnight, plants had burst to life and buds and leaves were bursting out all over. I had to laugh at myself—and at my nonexistent gardening skills. I have much more enthusiasm than I do actual knowledge. It is an endless wonder to me that these baby plants I so carefully planted give such beauty year after year.

I found myself thinking that my attitude about my garden is the same as many situations in my spiritual life. I search for signs of growth—signs of fruit in the dry ground of my heart and too easily become discouraged. How often am I tempted to give up, only to find that if I am patient I’ll see those shoots of new life springing up in me. My garden is surging back to life and my heart is reminded once again of God’s life being constantly renewed in me.

I recommend to you a new book that points to God’s life taking root in human hearts. Atheist to Catholic: Stories of Conversion by Rebecca Vitz Cherico shows the wonderful variety of ways God reaches out to men and women and invites them to faith.

Have you ever given up on a situation or on yourself, only to find God’s surprising blessings break out when you least expected them?


About the Author

Louise Paré has spent the last 37 years in Catholic publishing and is currently a director of product development for Servant Books. She works from her home in Michigan, where she is an avid Detroit Tigers fan.
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    • Lpare

       No, I’m sorry it doesn’t.  It will soon be available as an e-book on Amazon.com.  I don’t know if you’ve tried that, but it allows you to adjust the type size to whatever is comfortable for you.

  • Sanorared

    Great blog, Louise! I think it as amazing how we, too, are nurtured by others and grow in so many surprising ways. 

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