Today is October 1st! We are almost finished with the summer heat, and on to the cooler temperatures of fall!! Praise God! It's been a while since I last blogged because I was struggling for the words to say. I love this internship so much because for the majority of it, I get to harvest all of the produce and reap all of the benefits the farm creates! Last week, however, felt somewhat repetitive. The weather was still hot and humid, and I harvested the same peppers, okra, and peas just like I had the previous week, and would probably harvest the next couple of weeks to come. It felt monotonous and it was very difficult to become excited, even though I had previously been so overjoyed after my time working on the farm. This morning I headed out to the farm and expected the same routine, but was met with a pleasant surprise.
After harvesting the peppers, we discovered that there were more vegetables ready for harvesting! This time green beans, tomatillos, habaneros, and several different squash varieties were on our list of mature produce! But as I harvested these new veggies, I was quickly reminded of how great God is!
So often we get caught up in the monotonous tasks of daily life. It can feel like we never accomplish anything, or that there is no point to the tasks we complete everyday because they will find their way back on the to-do list the next week. However God did not create us for a repetitive life, but for an extraordinary one! Agriculture is one way He provides variety in our lives. There are so many little ways one vegetable is different from another. Today I learned that no bell pepper is completely green at full maturity. Every bell pepper starts off as green, and as it reaches peak maturity will turn into red, yellow, or orange, depending on the variety. The green peppers we see in grocery stores are simply immature colored peppers! So while we see one type of plant, a bell pepper, God actually provided so many different colors just to please our eyes!
Tomatillos are just as unique. When the plant flowers, the flowers actually fold and form a spherical pouch around the fruit as a covering. As the fruit grows inside, it is protected, and almost has a goal of how big it should grow! Once it has matured, it will burst slightly through the outer covering and is now a sweet, tasty vegetable. We are so similar to tomatillos, and we don't even know it. All throughout our lives, God is all around us providing protection and care. We have no reason to worry, because our one goal is to grow into the person we were made to be! Once we reach our full potential, and are who we were created to be, we are beautiful and complete.
As if vegetables weren't enough proof of God's love for us, He also provided the seasons to cure our feelings of repetition. Summer is a beautiful time because we get to experience sunny days, and tons of cucumbers and watermelons. But when fall rolls around we get a break from the heat, and are treated with vegetables like pumpkins and squash, that we are able to turn into warm pies or soups. I think many Texans become exasperated with the dreary summer days and are excited for change, but believe me when I say God has great things in store for us! Get ready to be invigorated!