In my last gardening post I was raving about how wonderful fall gardens were. And I told how we tore out all the old plants and prepared the soil and planted many new seeds to prepare for fall harvest. I had all of these grand plans for how I wanted our garden to be. I spent my time reading, researching and planning and we worked at weeding, watering and waiting. But let's face it, bad things have happened yet again, and my expectations of bounty and beauty have been slowly eaten away by grasshoppers. That's right. Grasshoppers.
We just planted rows and rows of corn, green beans, cabbage, carrots, squash, zuchini and swiss chard. And we've been faithful to water the ground every day since. The last few days I have noticed the green beans sprouting their first leaves, and when I checked this morning I noticed that every single little seedling that has sprouted has been gnawed to a stump by grasshoppers. ARRGGG!!! That is so frustrating! Just think of all that work we did in preparing the ground for those seeds! I'm seriously contemplating capturing some of our chickens and putting them in the garden for grasshopper control. I know they will eat my tomatoes, but it might be worth a try. I'm willing to sacrifice a few for the greater good.
This is yet another reminder for me (and I've had several) that we cannot be self-sufficient in our own power. Sometimes we think we are, but in reality we are not. If the hand of God does not bless it, it will not succeed, no matter how hard we try.
Some of our seedlings may survive and produce a crop, or it may be a total loss. We don't know. But there's one thing we do know...if we seek first His Kingdom and His Righteousness, our God will supply all of our needs in Christ Jesus and we don't need to worry about it at all. We're going to trust Him.