I kept tripping over a large bag of grass seed I had purchased months before to fill in some bare spots.
Just to get rid of it, I sprinkled the remainder on the lawn. Honestly, I didn’t even expect it to come up. My previous attempt yielded no results. (Have I ever mentioned gardening is NOT my strong suit?) To my surprise blades of new grass sprang up in abundance. It must have been the right season and conditions for those seeds to sprout.
The apostle Paul, in 1 Corinthians, illustrates that some sow seeds of truth when they share the Gospel, some water, and some reap the harvest.
My friend Cathy told me how her husband, Steve, was checking on a rental property. As he was leaving a man came up and asked for a ride downtown. Steve learned the man was actually heading to tie up some loose ends before entering prison to serve a sentence.
Steve shared his faith that day. The man made no decision. One might think the story ends there, but Steve felt compelled to write a letter to this gentleman. He had no idea if it would even reach him.
He and Cathy prayed consistently for several months.
One Sunday afternoon the phone rang. The man was out of jail. He HAD received Steve’s letter. He carried it with him reading it over and over. He made that life changing decision to invite Christ to be his Lord. The prisoner was set free, and in more ways than he ever dreamed. He had also found a job and was attending church regularly.
Not everyone we tell about Christ will accept Him as Savior. But you know, that’s not up to us. We are to go and tell, water our efforts with prayer, and let the Lord do HIS work in THEIR life.
And perhaps one day like Steve and Cathy, we can be a part of that great harvest. Now that’s some gardening I can get excited about!
I’m sharing today the recipe for a Garden Salad with a homemade Thousand Island Dressing.
Garden Salad w/Homemade Thousand Island Dressing
Lettuce (your favorite type)
Cucumbers or Zucchini
Green Onions, sliced
Boiled Egg, chopped
Deli Ham and/or Turkey, chopped
Real bacon bits
(Any other combination of additions you desire)
Wash lettuce and dry well. Chop or tear into bite size pieces. Cut up vegetables to your liking. (I just bought a device that makes zucchini into ‘noodles’ and I love this added texture to the salad.)
I like to set out the separate ingredients as a salad bar and allow everyone to make their own choices. I also love pickled beets and cottage cheese on this salad.
Thousand Island Dressing:
1-1/2 c. mayonnaise
2-3 T. pickle relish or sweet pickles, chopped finely
6 T. chili sauce
1 egg, hard boiled and finely chopped
MIx mayo and chili sauce. Add the rest of the ingredients. Yield 2 cups
Note: Homemade tastes so much better than the bottled kind. Don’t leave out the egg,
it really makes a difference. Chili sauce is found in the ketchup aisle and keeps in