Last night I went to church on my way home from work. Normally we go to church on Sunday morning, however we were lazy over the weekend and did not wake up in time. So, I went last night to a video taped service, convinced I would probably get nothing out of it because I was sure that the videotaped service would not be as personal. Regardless, I went. There were only 5 of us there, and that included the 2 pastors! I was put off a bit at first because I didn't know anyone, and with only 5 of us there I felt like I was singing on stage at a karaoke bar sober when we were singing hymns. I was nervous.
As soon as that video started though, I am fairly sure that the message that would follow could be nothing short of divine intervention. This week was the 2nd part of a 6 part look at a series called "Dare To Dream". It is a series that reminds you that nothing is impossible with God, and we are working on a life mission statement. We are trying to figure out our BHAG. (Big Hairy Audacious God Purpose) Well, this was not hard for me at all! This is something I have been pondering for the last 2 weeks at home already, and I tell you from the first 30 seconds of this sermon, I was hooked!
In the past my garden has been a place that I feel a primal connection with the earth and it's creation. I have said many times it is where I feel a connection to God and 5 minutes in the garden can humble me like nothing else can. (I don't even know how to put into words what I am trying to describe, but I think you understand....) Well, last year was our first big garden season and we grew so much food that often times we had more than we could eat, more than our neighbors could eat, and more than our chickens could eat! We were so blessed by the amount of food that we grew.
This year the Reluctant Farmer and I wanted to do something different. In October we were at a local festival and we met some people that were volunteers at a local food bank. I was talking to the woman, asking her if I could donate my extra fresh eggs, chickens and vegetables, and she was so excited. She explained that they often give away canned goods and non-perishable items because that is what most people donate. I talked it over with the Reluctant Farmer and we decided that we would double if not triple our growing space this year, and donate half of what we produce to the local food bank. (Also note that the food bank is directly across the road from us. Coincidence?! I think not!) I have been mulling this over for the last several weeks, and just have this great vision that I am supposed to do this.
I have a journal that I write in while at church, and this is what came pouring our of me last night: "If you were given a talent, a wealth of sorts, from God, what would you do with it? I'm reminded that my wealth is my garden and I am going to feed my community. From my backyard...."
I am excited to embark on this adventure! My goal is to obtain another city lot eventually and expand even more. I would love to have the lot that is directly across the street from me, but currently I am not in a position to buy it. Perhaps next year: With God nothing is impossible, right?!