I wanted to spend Sunday afternoon watching the Masters golf tournament, but we dropped our cable last year and my antenna doesn’t pick up CBS really well. So instead, I spent it installing an elevated garden. Laura has talked about putting in a garden since the cold depths of winter.
For those of you who know me really well, you know I don’t have a mechanical cell in my body. It goes against everything within me to fix or build something. But I’ve really wanted to get outside this year and start shaping up our yard, which has a TON of potential to be really, really cool. And on Sunday afternoon, that process began.
I spent a lot of time online looking at elevated gardens–kits, how to install them, etc. I didn’t like anything I saw. It just seemed too flimsy. So I went to Lowes, picked up three 4×6’s, several angle braces, a square spade and a tamper, and went to work. After several hours of digging through root-infested soil, getting everything as close to level as an amateur like me could, and setting everything in place and fitting it together, I had Laura’s garden installed. Now all she needs is some plants and seeds and a few bags of organic compost planting soil, and the garden will be complete. I’ve got some more ideas for that particular “outdoor room” to continue sprucing it up. Maybe a path, some potted plants, and a few other things. But next on the agenda: a brick paver sidewalk.
After cleaning up and having a chance to look at the results of what I’d done, I understood ever so slightly what God meant after each day of creation when he said, “It is good.” He took satisfaction in His creative work. Part of being made in God’s image is reflecting His creative spark. Whether it’s creating a garden, or writing music, or putting paint to canvas, or writing, or making a film, or doing anything creative, God created us to be creative and to derive satisfaction from our efforts. When we do so, we identify and somehow feel a little closer to Him.
What have you created recently?