Information Gathering

We started gardening, in earnest, in February of 2021. Because we’ve been doing this just a little over a year, now, we are still learning so many things.

We learning that radishes aren’t a food we enjoy, ginger grows really well in our soil mixture, oregano is happy, happy when crowd-grown in a 5-gallon bucket, and we love fresh black eyed peas.

We also find ourselves researching different plants, trees and vegetables that we’ve never heard of until this last year: chayote, cassava, jicama, strawberry tree, chaya, cucuzzi gourd, and Spanish hog plum.

Jicama

This month, I’ve looked up “how to harvest echinacea”, “how to clean jars for canning”, “190* Celsius to Fahrenheit”, “how to can potatoes” and “how does chicory grow”, just to name a few.

Chicory on a trellis

It’s so great to have search engines and web sites to find the information that we need on any given subject. It’s fast and easy to find almost anything on the interwebz these days.

You know, life has a lot of unknowns, too. Every day of our life, we experience situations, emotions and troubles that we’ve never dealt with before.

Wouldn’t it be great to have a search engine to find all the answers we need for every question in life?!

We do have that Source of answers! It’s the Bible!

But you have to know that it works a little differently than Google.

You can’t just run to the index to figure out how to deal with a back-stabbing friend. And the word “vaping” doesn’t appear in the King James Bible. And where do we go to read instructions on budgeting or construction?

[9] Yea, mine own familiar friend, in whom I trusted, which did eat of my bread, hath lifted up his heel against me.
[10] But thou, O LORD, be merciful unto me, and raise me up, that I may requite them.

Psalm 41:9-10

Interestingly enough, the Bible does speak to these subjects. But sometimes it’s hard to nail down the exact verse that you need.

All things are lawful unto me, but all things are not expedient: all things are lawful for me, but I will not be brought under the power of any.

I Corinthians 6:12

That’s why it’s so important to just read the Word. Every day, multiple times a day, spend time just soaking up the words that God left here for us.

For which of you, intending to build a tower, sitteth not down first, and counteth the cost, whether he have sufficient to finish it?

Luke 14:28

And don’t just read. Pray! Ask the indwelling Holy Spirit to lead you to the right verses and open your eyes to the answers that the Lord has for you.

The rich ruleth over the poor, and the borrower is servant to the lender.

Proverbs 22:7

And lastly, don’t give up! Keep reading. Keep studying. Keep digging into the Words of God, looking for your answers.

The Bible isn’t a search engine, as we think of it today. But it does have the answer to every question we have in this life.

When you don’t know, read until the Lord gives you the answer.

Finding out everything I need to know,

Alesha Kay

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