A Zucchini in God’s Garden
There’s an old clergy joke that was told to me repeatedly when I served in Iowa. It goes something like this: Always remember to lock your car in the summer- not because of theft but because of zucchini donations. If you have ever grown zucchini in your home garden you will quickly “get” that joke. Zucchinis are what can only be described as, prolific. You might walk by one day and it is a scrawny little plant you dropped in the soil, in no time you have zucchinis the size of toddlers coming out of your ears. It is the nature of the zucchini, it blooms where it is planted and it does so vigorously.
Just this morning I picked the third zucchini from our church garden. It is time to pull out all of the recipes for cakes, breads, ratatouille and anything else that uses zucchini. As I picked the bounty of this one little plant this morning I thought about our lives in God’s garden. With a little water, sunshine and grace we can produce vigorously as well. Or we can sit and wither. We are given the choice. In this season of bounty let’s take a page from the busy little zucchini’s book. May God’s grace in our lives be so plentiful that it overflows into the world and reproduces beyond imagination. Be a zucchini.