Planting Potatoes

Morning Story and Dilbert

Vintage Dilbert
January 4, 2014

When I was a boy growing up we had several gardens around our old house. The largest one of all was used just for growing potatoes.

I can still remember those potato planting days. The whole family helped. After my Dad had tilled the soil, my Mom, brothers, and I went to work. It was my job to drop the little seed potatoes in the rows while my Mom dropped handfuls of fertilizer beside them. My brothers then covered them all with the freshly turned earth.

For months afterward I would glance over at the garden while I played outside and wonder what was going on underneath the ground. When the harvest time came I was amazed at the huge size of the potatoes my Dad pulled out of the soil. Those little seedlings had grown into bushels and bushels of sweet sustenance. They would be turned into meal after meal of baked potatoes, mashed potatoes, fried potatoes, and my personal favorite: potatoes slowed cooked in spaghetti sauce. They would keep the entire family well fed throughout the whole year. It truly was a miracle to behold.

Thinking back on those special times makes me wonder how many other seeds I have planted in this life that have grown unseen in the hearts and minds of others. How many times has God used some little thing that I said or did to grow something beautiful? How many times has Heaven used these little seedlings to provide another’s soul with sweet sustenance?

Every single day of our lives we step out into the garden of this world. Every single day we plant seeds that can grow into something wonderful. We may never see the growth that comes from the kind words or loving acts we share but God does. I hope then that you always tend the garden around you with care. I hope that you plant only goodness, peace, and compassion in the lives of everyone you meet. I hope that everyday you help miracles to grow.

By Joe Mazzella
  1. jgmtheo said:

    Reminds me of one favourite texts.

    4Turn again our captivity, O LORD, as the streams in the south. 5 They that sow in tears shall reap in joy. 6 He that goeth forth and weepeth, bearing precious seed, shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with him.
    Ps. 126-4-6

    Continue to scatter abroad the Good seed of the Gospel, some will fall by the way side, some on stony ground, some among thorns, and some into good ground prepared by the Master Himself and will bring forth much fruit, some 30 fold, some 60, fold some 100 fold, thus you shall come to your eternal reward bringing your sheaves with you; for of that which you sow, that you will reap also. They that sow in tears shall reap in joy; But this I say, He which soweth sparingly shall reap also sparingly; and he which soweth bountifully shall reap also bountifully, and they that be wise shall shine as the brightness of the firmament; and they that turn many to righteousness as the stars for ever and ever, never forgetting while here below to sow to yourselves in righteousness, reap in mercy; break up your fallow ground: for it is time to seek the LORD, till he come and rain righteousness upon you !

    Mark 4 Galatians 6 Psalm 126 2 Cor. 9 Dan. 12 Hosea 12


  2. Beautiful post! Yes, in every situation we can plant a little seed and God can use it – even if we never see it.
    Very encouraging post and it reminds also to plant only good things: goodness, kindness, peace, compassion, love, joy…


  3. My husband said, “Don’t wait to be appreciated. The feeling of just doing good is enough.” => Those seeds will grow in ways we do not know. =>


  4. "Working for Christ" said:

    What an excellent post! Thanks for sharing, Kenny T! God bless. 🙂 Dave


  5. Great post Kenny !! Thanks for sharing !!
    Blessings in Christ, bruce 🙂


  6. mary said:

    I wonder too about those seeds I have spread, intentionally and unintentionally. Beautiful story.


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