Bill has a garden growing in the back yard. He's planted tomatoes, which are now almost like trees, and have tons of tomatoes. One is about the size of his fist. He got a squash plant from our friends, but when the fruit started growing out round, he though maybe it was a watermelon plant. Then he found that there are round zucchini plants. We also have beans, which he planted late and we're finally harvesting some which went into the potato soup I made tonight.
We bought some marigold plants on sale at wal-mart and they look great in bright yellow. In between the rows of marigold, he planted seeds that he thought were marigold. The plants are now over three feet high and most definitely not marigolds! They have buds on them now and are going to flower any day. I'm disappointed because we may have a frost tonight and I hope it doesn't hurt them before they have a chance to bloom. I've been so anxious to see just what kind of flower they are. I need to remember HIS words to us and have faith that God will clothe the plants in slendor soon.
This week I had to answer to earthly "powers that be" about how we're making our ends meet. It is so hard to put on paper the fact that many times we are completely supported by the grace of God. When you actually put it in black and white (hopefully no red there!), I see that daily we have much to rejoice for. While the world considers us well below the poverty level, I see myself as so rich in blessing every day.
Perhaps we need another perspective or definition of "wealth" in our busy, materialistic world. In Christ's day, they thought of wealth as ownership of property, livestock, fine garments, and a large family. Things have changed since then in that our family and offspring are no longer considered by society as a sign of a "wealthy" person. I think this is sad, because it is our children who will become our legacy. And He, in His wisdom, gives a divine appointment to take up the occupation of rearing children.
Since our society has allowed individuals to take control of their reproduction, large families have are now considered a burden. Additionally, those who "choose" to have more children are put down in the minds of most as irresponsible. Or, in the case of poor families who rely on state support, our society calls them "leaches"; feeding off our government support programs and having more children in order to profit from tax payers.
Today's Rocky Mtn News had point/counterpoint commentaries about the amendment on the ballot next month to raise our minimum wage. The article against really made me think. I began to imagine a world in which our wage was determined by our dependents, rather than by our education or experience. Would people put off having a family to complete 10 yrs of school and obtain a medical degree if they knew that once employed they would only be paid the standard wage for one person? Would I be able to find an employer willing to hire me who would have to pay me the wage assigned to an adult with four children at home? It's an interesting theory.
The good news is that God knows what He's appointed me to do, and who to care for. And in His time and wisdom, He always provides just what I need, when I need it to complete the work He's given me to do. I don't have to worry about the world's ways, knowing that God will "assign my wage" for me to accomplish His tasks. One of those tasks is that while I'm in the process of explaining our provision to those who are in darkness, may God also give me opportunity to glorify Him and be a witness to His goodness.