Greedy Tomato Grubber (me)Posted: July 2, 2008
As I’ve mentioned before I am unable to have a garden as we have no yard. I do however have some tomato plants growing in kitty litter buckets. They are doing fabulously!I think I have approximately fifteen green tomatoes right now with more every day.
I don’t like sharing. Actually, I love sharing. I don’t like it when people steal or manipulate the situation instead of just allowing me to share with them. What does this have to do with my two tomato plants you ask? Well, I suspect that my neighbors are going to take my tomatoes without my permission. Why do I think this? Besides just common Ambre paranoia? Because: they all admire my plants and will even stop and look at them and talk amongst themselves when they don’t know I can see them. They keep better track of how many new flowers the plants have then I do. They take it upon themselves to use my water bucket to water the plants when they think I’m slacking. Because they’re there. That’s why.
I don’t think I even was completely aware of the way I had begun to feel towards these individuals- suspicious, unloving, resentful- until I read the following verses and felt conviction in my Spirit that I was being unloving.
24 If you go into a vineyard that belongs to someone else, you are allowed to eat as many grapes as you want while you are there. But don’t take any with you when you leave. 25 In the same way, if you are in a grain field that belongs to someone else, you can pick heads of grain and eat the kernels. But don’t cut down the stalks of grain and take them with you.
If this is the way I would have things be if someone asked, I should just resolve in my heart to have it be this way regardless. That frees me up to love my neighbors when I see them and that’s more important to me then my tomatoes.
To boot, if I’m honest with myself, the real reason I want people to ask first is so that I can get the recognition for my benevolence. Yes, benevolence. A haughty word, for a haughty attitude. Shame on me! I didn’t do anything praise worthy with these tomatoes. I didn’t cause the sun to shine or the rain to fall. I didn’t put the nutrients in the dirt. I didn’t keep the bugs or blight away by my great power and knowledge. Praise the Lord for His great mercy!
Inara and her Auntie Jamie blowing bubbles behind one of the tomato plants