They will spring up like grass in a meadow, like poplar trees by flowing streams – Isaiah 44:4
Stewards of God’s Earth – Cheryl Rosario
It’s springtime which means the birds are chirping, the flowers and trees are blooming and the grass is looking greener. We are also experiencing rainy days, sunny days and lovely breezes.
Psalm 1:3 tells us “That person is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither – what they do prospers.”
I had the opportunity to talk with three Master Gardeners in our congregation who are not only rooted in their relationship with God but have also prospered in their gardens.
A big thank you to Pastor Mayra, Maryann Friscia and Bill Hopkins who shared some tips we can all use this spring. Here are a few they shared:
- Plant a garden that is right for you. Sometimes we see pictures of large lush gardens and don’t realize the work involved to make that happen.
- Plan on what you want to see growing and know what space you have available.
- Spring cleanup can be extensive, set a goal like filling up one garbage can a day.
- For vegetable gardening best to start after Mother’s Day when hopefully spring frost is past.
- Use only clean, fresh gas in your lawn mower.
I also asked them, how do you see God in the work you do as a Master Gardener?
“As all of Life is God’s and God has asked us to steward over it, then whatever we do to take good care of God’s Earth and to help produce beautiful plants that help with the air we breathe, the food we consume, and the water we conserve, use and re-use, then gardening is God’s work!” – Pastor Mayra Castaneda
Maryann Friscia said – “My garden is a peaceful place where I reenergize and enjoy God’s handiwork.”
And Bill Hopkins is using his God given talent by sharing his knowledge with others by answering a Master Gardner Helpline.
In honor of Earth Day on the 22nd, tell us how you are taking care of God’s Earth? Please share in the comments below.