How Does Your Garden Grow? Good Soil Produces Good Fruit

The seed cast on good earth is the person who hears.
Matthew 13:23 (The Message)

Grandmother’s Flower Garden was the most popular quilt pattern.

A 1925 sewing book, The Romance of the Patchwork Quilt, reads, “If quilts have taken the country by storm, then the hexagon Flower Garden, or Grandmother’s Flower Garden… is a whirlwind.” The pieces lend themselves to endless color combinations and ways the blocks could be set together. There could potentially be thousands of pieces in a quilt. It takes lots of time and patience to produce such a masterpiece.

One single wreath of 12 hexagons made its way into my collection of unfinished projects. I can’t imagine what it would take to piece together thousands of these tiny shapes.

A beautiful quilt requires time and sometimes the patience of Job to be properly constructed. Just as a natural garden must be cared for and nurtured to reach its potential, so does the detailed work of a quilt.

Seeds must be sown in good soil. The garden needs plenty of sunlight and water, and weeds removed. Full, mature growth for the plants requires a watchful eye, time, and effort.

The process is the same for the Christian walk. When God’s Word is planted in good soil, the hearer must be ready to listen and respond. God usually speaks to us through scripture and prayer. But to hear God, we must be attentive for His voice.

Essentials to growth are receiving the Light of the World (Jesus) and living water (the Holy Spirit). Weeds (sins) are removed by an active relationship with Jesus. It takes time and effort to grow and mature as a Christian.

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by Gayle Ottemiller

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Gayle C. Ottemiller has published magazine articles, poetry, and devotions. Her work appears on Christian Devotions and in several compilation books. Her book of poetry and photography, Faith Lifts: When Life Lets You Down, was published in 2010. Gayle has an MS in guidance and counseling and is retired after working twenty-eight years with developmentally disabled adults. Find her on Facebook and LinkedIn. Visit her at

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