Saturday, 20 July 2013

Raspberries galore and the promise of more

The discerning will realise that this is not a well tended garden:

The raspberry canes were not thinned, cut back or tied up and they are rambling across the untended garden. In fact some of them grew up through the beech hedge which meant that I was picking raspberries from the hedge this year. I have just come in from picking the second crop this week and, even though many of the raspberries clearly needed eating rather than collecting, there is a good harvest.

Here they are:

God has provided in spite of our neglect and we are enjoying God's generosity.

However, I know that next year, when we care for the garden properly the crop could be even more abundant. I know that some of the raspberries were not worth picking this year because they were affected by mould.

Of course God can and does provide without our involvement but when we accept the invitation to join in God's work then God uses our gifts and skills to great effect. And we may find that we are called to things that we had never imagined, "For nothing is impossible with God" (Luke 1:37)

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