the Great Veg Grow: getting started


What are you doing to stay sane during lockdown? My family and I are growing vegetables. A friend reminded me that it is a luxury to have the space to do this. I am thankful for my family who love me and don’t want to harm me. I have begun growing for multiple reasons, one is that I love being outside in the sunshine and we want to make the most of the sun while it is here in Scotland! Another is that I firmly believe in growing where I am planted. If we have to stay in our homes for some time, I will grow in my home, both in my heart and my faith and in the veg patch behind the house. This is a time that requires each day to have an achieveable goal. While I am carrying on with university work and my goal is to write 500 words a day to do well in my tasks, I also am setting one other goal a day for myself like

1) write letters to loving friends

2) FaceTime someone I haven’t spoken to in a while

3) Write about being

Some women and girls who are inside with family members for longer periods of time in lockdown will be experiencing higher levels of violence than usual. This is true for my girls in Uganda, and is true in developed countries. Just one aspect of lockdown you might not yet have considered and could pray into.

I don’t offer platitudes to you, or a comfort without any weight. There may well be weight to the pain you are experiencing today. But I do offer faith, with weight. I mentioned the women and girls above, who are experencing more violence now because I care about them and I have glimpsed in my life the way that the Lord cares about these girls, all of whom I don’t know personally. Over the coming days I will be writng a series called Lockdown with Purpose: locked in narratives in the Bible, because although this is unprecedented in the democratic twenty first century, it is not the first time anyone has ever had their liberties restricted. The Lord is calling us to stay close to him and to use this time intentionally. Here I will end, and leave you with my veg plot. I hope it makes you smile! Go well, and grow friend.

I know who holds the future, And I know he holds my hand;
With God things don’t just happen everything by Him is planned.
So as I face tomorrow with its problems large and small,
I’ll trust the God of miracles, Give to Him my all!

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