Listening in the Garden: The Backyard Metaphor for Life
By Andy Wade –
The backyard is really a living metaphor for life.
- You reap what you sow… most of the time.
- Some things simply can’t be rushed.
- Planning and preparation yield the greatest results.
- There will always be pests.
- Many of the things you thought were pests actually have an important role to play – they just need to be better understood.
- There will also be “beneficials”, those that join you in the process of bearing fruit.
Spending a bit more time exploring, one discovers a deeper level of truth:
- Planting all the same crop in one space increases the chances of problems, while diversity yields mutually beneficial results.
- My garden is not just for me, it’s a celebration of life and beauty that can be shared with neighbors, friends, family, and even strangers. In this way, the garden becomes a source of celebration, joy, and community.
- You always have a choice how to deal with problems – there are toxic methods that simply attack, and there are gentler, less destructive approaches.
- There is way more going on here than meets the eye!
- The less you disturb the soil, the more time you’ll have to enjoy and celebrate the harvest.
- The garden system, like all of creation, has ways to repair itself. I don’t have to spend so much time “fixing things” if I listen and learn from God’s creation.
Now here’s an interesting exercise. Go through the above lists slowly and think more specifically:
- How do these ideas apply to my family?
- How do these ideas apply to my neighborhood?
- How do these ideas apply to my church community?
- How do these ideas apply to my city or town?
I did, and the insights were amazing!