Embracing the Wonder of God’s Creation
Seeing our First Pumpkin Growing in the Garden
by J.M. Troppello
I checked the AccuWeather app before going outside and there was no rain in the forecast for the next few days. I walked over to the garden and checked for any ripe vegetables. We had two more cucumbers and some plum tomatoes. I checked the soil, and it wasn’t moist, so I pulled out the hose to water the garden.
I divided up the vegetables and brought half of them next door to my sister and her girls. I chatted with my sister for a bit, the went back outside. I took one last walk by the garden before planning to go up on my deck to read for a bit and then I noticed it.
The it was a pumpkin growing in our garden.
I shouldn’t be too surprised, but I was.
My sister had planted pumpkin seeds in our garden in the fall last year. We hadn’t expected anything to grow. We’re not expert gardeners and this was the first time planting pumpkin seeds.
It was so exciting to see an actual pumpkin growing.
I ran next door and opened my sister’s front door, bursting into the kitchen. Afterward, I realized that I hadn’t even knocked like I usually do.
I shared the good news about the pumpkin growing and my niece, Bri said in an animated voice, “There’s a pumpkin growing? I need to see this.”
My sister and her girls were on their way to gymnastics class, but Bri quickly opened the door and ran to the garden. I followed and so did her sister Ari, and their mom. They were all so excited to see the pumpkin.
I got to show the girls all the other veggies that were growing. They were especially interested in the eggplant. When I first told Ari about the eggplant, she said, “Eggs are growing in our garden!”
I told her that maybe it was because of its shape that looked like a big egg.
Afterward, I did some research and found out that the eggplant got its name because in the “1700’s European versions of the eggplant were smaller and yellow and white and looked like goose or chicken eggs.”
Embracing the Wonder of God’s Creation
The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament shows His handiwork. (Psalm 19:1, NKJV)
I believe that it is important for the Christian to embrace the wonder of God’s creation. It can be the catalyst to see God in a new light. By viewing the world around us through eyes that see and appreciate the beauty of God’s creation, we’re giving God glory.
Then God saw everything that He had made, and indeed it was very good. So the evening and the morning were the sixth day. (Genesis 1:31, NKJV)
God created this beautiful world.
He deserves the glory for His creation.
I have always been someone who loves God’s creation. I love taking walks and spending time in nature. I am new to gardening these last few years. I’ve marveled at the beauty of planting a seed and seeing the fruit of your labors—planting, weeding, watering, and harvesting.
We all are God’s beautiful handiwork.
So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. (Genesis 1:27, NKJV)
God gives us life and breath each day.
13 For You formed my inward parts; You covered me in my mother’s womb. 14 I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Marvelous are Your works, And that my soul knows very well. 15 My frame was not hidden from You, When I was made in secret, And skillfully wrought in the lowest parts of the earth. 16 Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed. And in Your book they all were written, The days fashioned for me, When as yet there were none of them.
17 How precious also are Your thoughts to me, O God! How great is the sum of them!
(Psalm 139:13-17, NKJV)
The marvel of conception is a testament to the glory of God.
I hope we all can take time each day or one day during the week to embrace the wonder of God’s creation. All that He created is beautiful. God is worthy to be praised. When we look at God’s creation with the eyes of a child, it can show us just how majestic He is!
About the Author
J.M. Troppello is an author, writer, and poet. She is the publisher of the online Christian lifestyle magazine, Mustard Seed Sentinel.
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