Tuesday, July 29, 2014

First Steps

I've spent the last two years of my life as a missionary in Northwest Georgia, working with kids in a residential therapeutic facility.  Life has changed a lot in the last month as I married the man of my dreams, uprooted our lives and moved to Indiana so I could start graduate school.  One of my fellow missionaries worked as a garden coordinator at her placement, and I was blown away by all the beautiful metaphors created between gardening and our spiritual journeys.  Our new home has a beautiful raised plot in the backyard perfect for our gardening, so I'm starting this adventure.

I'm aware that gardening isn't easy, and after 8 hours pulling grass and weeds to prepare the land, I almost changed my mind.  During the weeding, I had lots of time to reflect and meditate, which I don't often do.  I realized that I'm really good at removing clutter, literally and metaphorically.  Step one is the easy part.  It's the maintenance and patience of growing that I still need to work on.  I'm still not sure I will be successful about growing food, but I'm excited about the journey.  I'm thinking about calling it Spiritual Gardening.  Let's go on the journey together.


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