If you’ve been following my blog, you know that despite my dismal failure as a tomato farmer a couple of years ago, I’ve decided to try again. And, that my few tomato plants ended up being 7 tomato plants, 2 rows of beans, 2 rows of 2 different radishes, carrots, squash (yellow and zucchini), turnips and cucumbers. A rotten thing happened when I first planted my little garden. I came out a couple days later to find that some critter had nibbled on my squash and cucumber and even tomatoes. A couple of my plants had no leaves at all! I was not a happy farmer. But, I decided to persevere. We put bug spray on them (although it certainly wasn’t a bug who ate my plants!), miracle grow and kept watering. Remarkably, my garden is looking pretty good. I have blooms on my squash, tons of little green tomatoes…and it looks like I’ll have plenty of radishes and turnips to share!
When I was out working in my garden, the Lord reminded me that the critter that ate my plants was like satan. The Bible says “Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. 9 Resist him, standing firm in the faith” 1 Peter 5:8, 9a. Just like the animal that ate up my garden, the devil is seeking to devour us and anything good we do. Anytime we are working for the kingdom of God, the devil is going to be doing all he can to discourage us. But, check out the first part of verse 9….”resist him, standing firm in the faith.” Ya know, if the Bible tells us to resist him, that must mean we have the power to do so. It makes me feel so secure that my God already knows what the enemy is about and, through Himself, has given me everything I need to resist and stand firm.
So….do you have a “critter” devouring your garden? If so, stand firm and watch your tomatoes grow!
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