Are you as excited about the warmer weather as I am? I mean seriously! It’s time to get outside and dig into some dirt! Or at least we can let our students get their hands grimy. But aside from the basics of gardening, what else can we share with our students about gardening? Time is precious and youth will be growing wherever God plants them. So, let’s seize these moments and teach them about God while we garden, shall we?
Conversations in the Garden: Discussion Prompts for Middle and High School
Spending Time with God
And they heard the voice of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day: and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God amongst the trees of the garden. -Genesis 3:8 (KJV)
In this chapter of Genesis, we learn that the Lord is looking for Adam. Therefore, we can reason that they spent time together in the garden.
In the Garden of Gethsemane, we learn that Jesus’ sufferings begin and He prays to our Heavenly Father. We also learn that His sufferings end in a garden, for he is mistaken (after He has risen) by Mary Magdalene to be the Gardener just outside the Garden-tomb.
Likewise, a garden can be a beautiful place to meet with the Lord. While we work, we can pray, bring our sufferings before Him, and find healing from Him.
The Principle of Sowing and Reaping
Also, we can discuss the effect of reading and meditating on God’s Word, because seeds of Truth are planted in our minds and hearts as we do.
The Life Cycle of Plants
- Soil. Our hearts are like soil that The Master Gardener tills.
- Seeds. Seeds of Truth from the Master Gardener are sown throughout our lives.
- Water. His Holy Spirit waters the seeds throughout the process of sanctification.
- Light. The Light of God’s Word continually feeds us.
- Germination. In the depths of the soil of our hearts, these seeds of Truth begin to stir within us and germinate.
- Sprouting. At some point, sprouts appear. This is an external expression of the growth happening within.
- Growth. Different plants grow at different rates. Of course, we see this Principle of Individuality here among people as well.
- Photosynthesis. As you well know, this takes place by the plants soaking in food from light. Well, it’s this way with people, too. Since we don’t literally “eat” God’s Word for maturity, we “photosynthesize” the Light of His Word for “food”.
- Production. We reach stages in life where we produce buds, blooms, and fruit from our time being tenderly cared for by our Master Gardener.
- Fading Away. As time and seasons go on, eventually we each fade away from this world. But as we do, seeds we planted in the hearts of others continue the cycle. And we wait for the Gardener’s Son.
The Importance of Harvesting
To wrap it all up, we must talk about the importance of harvesting. Fruit is meant to be picked and eaten to nourish our bodies. In like manner, if we don’t eat of the fresh Fruit of God’s Word, how can it nourish our souls?
Consider how amazing it is that fruit even grows from tiny seeds. How much more amazing is it that the inward man can change from tiny seeds of Truth planted in us throughout our lives?
Also, consider how important it is to keep going about our Master Gardener’s work. Being bearers of His image, we’re given an invitation to participate in tending His Garden. We can help tend it by sharing God’s Word with others. And as we plant those seeds of Truth in others, the plant cycle will take place within them. With prayer and care, a wonderful Harvest of bounty will eventually be reaped.
And we must remember, we can’t see what type of soil is in someone’s heart at the time. But each time we share about the Gospel with words and actions, the soil of hearts is being tilled. But we leave that up to the Master Gardener.
Gardens Unit Study
If you are a homeschool mom, you may find this unit study about gardens and gardening a helpful resource. Written at two levels (one for elementary and one for middle and high school), you can use it with all of your students.
Encompassing the history of gardens, plant science, planning and planting a garden, and the arts, this study is perfect for any time of year. Grow seeds on the windowsill through the wintertime, watch a sweet potato sprout and spread across the top of the refrigerator, and make virtual visits to some world-famous gardens. From pole-bean tepees to sunflower houses, what memories you will make!
Conversations in the Garden – free printable
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