Unruly Pumpkins

Unruly Pumpkins

The LORD is your keeper; the LORD is your shade at your right hand… The LORD will keep your going out and your coming in from this time on and forevermore.Psalm 121:5,8

Unruly Pumpkins

This year my father challenged his kids to a pumpkin growing contest. We were given three seeds of three varieties of giant pumpkins. And the incentive to compete? Grow the biggest pumpkin by October 31 and you get $200.

Our family has been participating in this contest even though we really don’t have the right space for pumpkin-growing…not big enough, not enough sunshine, gravely ground, etc. And no sooner that our plants got going, growing vines, they insisted on climbing the wood fence. That’s no place to grow a giant pumpkin! And we forced the vines back down to keep gravity in check.

They won’t behave, though. They keep creeping places that are not the best sites to grow a pumpkin. One even decided to grow vine-down, which means when the pumpkin got heavy enough it put too much pressure on the vine and slowed WAY down. Another crawled through our rabbit fence and is competing with the lawn for nutrients to feed its pumpkin.

Do we have a chance? I don’t know. But I have learned that these critters (if you can call them that) need a lot more babysitting (or pumpkin sitting) than I ever would have guessed. If they are to grow to their potential, they need some- one watching out for them all the time.
We are pretty unruly critters too. Much of what we do in this life is with a blind eye to what is best for us. Good thing we have a God who watches over us and watches out for us, taking us down off the fences that might hinder our growth, and placing us in the fertile soil of His great plan. There, under His watch, we indeed have the best chance of abundant liv- ing.

Not that you wanted to be compared to a pumpkin plant today, but it IS that time of the year!

The LORD watch over you and bless you abundantly!

Pastor Ruth


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