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One small tomato plant produced an abundant crop.
Pastor Louise wrote:
"The more I shared with others, the more that this plant seemed to produce."
"How like God's love was this abundance. The more we share of God's love and blessings the more God gives us to share."
One Tomato Plant
This year I bought one tomato plant so that I could have a few small tomatoes for a salad each week. I expected to pick about a half a dozen a week at most. By the time I remembered to purchase a tomato rack for my plant it had grown rather large so I put the rack around it as best I could. Buds were forming into little tomatoes. The plant continued to grow. And I waited expectantly for the sweet red fruit to ripen.
The first time I went to pick the ripe tomatoes I brought a small bowl. It was filled to overflowing. I took a small zip lock bag of tomatoes to work to share. The second time I went out to pick, about a week later, I filled a mixing bowl. I took three bags to work to share.
Not even a week later, I picked two mixing bowls full. This time I brought an ice cream container of sweet, red fruit to share. My tomato plant continued to bear an abundance of tomatoes right up until a hard frost came in October. As I thought about my expectations and the reality of the harvest I realized that this was a wonderful example of God's abundant blessings. God gave far beyond my hopes. The more I shared with others, the more that this plant seemed to produce.
How like God's love was this abundance. The more we share of God's love and blessings the more God gives us to share. Whether that be through words of witness to God's love for us or gifts of material wealth, God blesses all we share and never forgets to rain down upon us continued love and gifts to sustains us in our existence on this earth.
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