I have so enjoyed getting to know one of the boys (named Daniel*) who lives here at the Refuge House. One of his main interests and hobbies and is growing and tending to plants. For an 11 year old boy, I find it quite impressive that he has such an interest in this.
Some time ago Daniel planted some seeds and various plants (with the help of a staff member) in the front courtyard area of the Refuge House. He is faithfully watering the plants every day and caring for them. He planted various flowers, two different types of lettuce, cherry tomatoes, melon, carrots, mint, and green onion.
Picking lettuce and cherry tomatoes!
An artistic shot of a few tomatoes.
Preparing a salad with tomatoes and some lettuce from the garden...
Just the other night we enjoyed a very delicious salad, of lettuce and cherry tomatoes, that Daniel grew himself and prepared himself. He was so proud that he is the one who planted, watered and cultivated the lettuce and tomato.
I have to admit to you that even though Daniel loves plants, he is not a boy who absolutely loves to eat vegetables or salad (not many children do for that matter). But, the night Daniel made "his salad" with the tomato and lettuce that he grew, he was very excited about eating his vegetables. During dinner Daniel went on and on about how delicious his salad was and he then proceeded to eat every single bite of his large portion of salad! This made me smile...
It is beautiful to meditate on the profoundness of all of this. Daniel sowed the good seed and took time to water and care for his plants, which required discipline and patience. He is now reaping the benefits of his investment of time and care. I can see God delighting and rejoicing over Daniel, as Daniel is caring for and interacting with nature - while at the same time learning practical Biblical principles, which apply to so many areas of life.
I praise the Lord for how He is using these plants in Daniel's life to teach Daniel lessons and also to bring Daniel a sense of accomplishment and success. Daniel is a boy who struggles in many areas, yet in this area of practically growing a garden he has been successful and feels very proud of his achievement. I praise the Lord for this!
He makes plants for man to cultivate—
bringing forth food from the earth:
How many are your works, O Lord!
In wisdom you made them all...
May the glory of the Lord endure forever;
may the Lord rejoice in his works—
Praise the Lord, O my soul.
Praise the Lord!
(Exerts from Psalm 104)
*The name has been changed for the protection of the child.