THE KINGDOM PRINCIPAL OF ABUNDANCE
Creator speaks to me through gardening and our farm. Growing food is one of the most
amazing experiences I can think of. Lessons in Kingdom principals are everywhere we choose to see them. In the time Scripture was written, agriculture was often used to describe the
Kingdom. It was an analogy most people were familiar with. I think it is a shame we, as a
society in whole, have become distanced from our food sources and the ability to digest some
of the life lessons found in the Word.
One day last week, I was in the garden harvesting tomatoes. I have to admit I am always in awe of my veggies when I harvest. This particular day, I had such a large bucket of tomatoes that I was having difficulty carrying the bucket. I was loading up to come to the house when I
remembered I probably needed to harvest some peppers. I decided to load the tomatoes and
make a bowl of sorts by holding the corners of my gardening apron together and carry the
peppers in this manner. It goes without saying I was not expecting many peppers ready for
harvest. However, I picked and picked and picked-until my apron could hold no more. I guess I
had about 10 pounds of peppers to juggle back to the house in my apron pouch! There were
more peppers I could have picked and many, many more small ones that were not yet
developed enough. In my excitement, I ticked off a list of goodies I could create with all these
peppers: Roasted tomatoes and peppers, pickled peppers, salsa, cowboy candy.. Oh my!
Now, the miracle of this pepper story is ABUNDANCE. The word “abundance” rolled in my spirit
both as a lesson to be learned and confirmation of Yah’s goodness. You see, I started those
peppers from my own seed. I put 4 seeds in the ground this spring which grew into nice,
healthy pepper plants. From only 4 plants I had this amazing harvest, along with the promise of
future harvests this season. I was in pepper heaven! Four seeds not only produced an amazing
harvest of peppers, I now have the ability to grow peppers from the seeds of just one pepper
for many years to come. Each pepper contains hundreds of seeds each capable of producing
another pepper plant.
I cannot even begin to describe the awe I feel when I think of the Creator who made this
perfect design of reproduction within every plant He created. The world is full of His
abundance. His kingdom is set up to allow us to grow and prosper. Just as seeds have a desire
to grow*, so should we have a desire to grow our gifts in the kingdom so we can harvest
abundance in the proper season.
I encourage you to use heirloom seeds instead of genetically altered ones that cannot
*Jessica Soward said the best thing about gardening was that seeds truly want to grow.
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