I want to know all I can learn about Gardening God’s Way. How does He want us to tend His garden, to plant to His glory?
Like I said in my previous post…
Years ago, long before I knew I’d be striving towards the “homestead life,” I heard Brother Kenneth Copeland say something. It was during one of the many droughts going through the Texas/ Oklahoma area. He said that God had told him that everything farmers needed to know to successfully farm the land was in the Bible. But Brother Copeland said he wasn’t called to preach on it, so he didn’t. Even though I didn’t have a garden at the time or for many years to come, that one thought stuck with me. I wanted to know what the Bible said about farming; what were they doing wrong?
A couple years after that, I was reading something (I don’t really remember what), but it said that the Dust Bowl in the 1930’s was completely manmade and could have been avoided, but it didn’t really say how.
For some reason, those two tidbits of information stuck together in my brain and I’ve never been able to forget them. What was in the Bible for farmers? How could the Dust Bowl have been avoided?
Honestly, the part about what was in the Bible stuck with me more. I tried studying it out on my own, but never got very far. The Bible doesn’t really get into detail about the every day chores of gardening. Obviously it talks about a garden in Genesis with the garden of Eden. God didn’t exactly lay out a companion planting list for me there. I knew in the Book of Matthew, Jesus talked in the parable about sowing in good soil. (Matthew 13:1-23) I already knew I needed good soil to plant. What was I missing?
As much as I love the book Born Again Dirt (which I talked about in Part 1), I still wanted more. Born Again Dirt was the why we garden to the glory of God. There are a few “how’s,” but still not what I was really looking for. I knew there was more in scripture for me. I wanted the step-by-step, how to. How did God set up the Garden of Eden? How did he want Adam and Eve to care for it? (Genesis 2:15) What was His plan all along for us?
And then He brought me the video, Back to Eden. I had been hearing a bit about it in online homesteading circles, but never paid it much attention. I figured I’d get around to watching it eventually. I finally did.
Within the first five minutes of the video, my jaw was on the floor. I could hardly believe what I was seeing. This was EXACLTY what I’ve been looking for all these years, ever since I first heard Brother Copeland. This was the “how-to” I wanted. This was the natural, organic gardening that God set up in the Garden of Eden and always intended for man, until sin came along. (Genesis 3)
“After years of back-breaking toil in ground ravaged by the effects of man-made growing systems, Paul Gautschi has discovered a taste of what God intended for mankind in the garden of Eden. Some of the vital issues facing agriculture today include soil preparation, fertilization, irrigation, weed control, pest control, crop rotation, and PH issues. None of these issues exist in the unaltered state of nature or in Paul’s gardens and orchards.” BacktoEdenfilm.com Click here to view more details
I watched the video online for free (Click here to view more details) and promptly ordered my own copy. This is one of those things I will watch over and over and make my entire family watch. Every gardener, whether it’s a flower box or a commercial farm, should watch this film. It completely changed the way I look at gardening. Not only did Paul show you the step-by-step of his garden, but he backs up everything with scripture. Just what I was looking for! This is what Brother Copeland was talking about all those years ago. (He addresses my Dust Bowl question too!)
When Jesus said His yoke was easy and burden is light (Matthew 11:30), He meant that in every aspect of our lives, including gardening, if we’ll let Him into our lives to walk with us and teach us. I can’t wait to start working on my garden this spring!
After all, God is the Creator and the Master Gardener. Who better to learn from?