This morning my good friend sent me a youtube channel to watch. The videos were about war and survival, focusing on gardens. So I decided to read a little more outside of the videos. I came across articles regarding Victory Gardens. Being that I love to feed people that may be hungry, I was very intrigued by this concept.
A food shortage came about During the World War 1. The burden to feed millions of people fell on the United States. A man named, Charles Lathrop organized The War Garden. This promotion prompted Americans to use their land to cultivate gardens. The flyers and posters read “Sow the seeds of victory.” Everyone got involved from the government to the land owners. As a result millions of new gardens were cultivated over a period of time. There were pamphlets sent out for those who were new garden cultivators. Canning “how too” instructions were even sent out in order to preserve the food longer. Everyone worked together, from the top to the bottom, for the cause. Because of the combined effort, millions of people were fed. Millions lives were saved. Generations and heritages were afforded the opportunity to live on. A nation was fed.
What if we once again decided to support, promote and cultivate “Victory Gardens”? I look around and I see people dying slowly. Sometimes, yes, it is of starvation. This breaks my heart. My new goal in life has been to scout out backpack people to see if they are hungry. Honestly, it is truly just a passion God has put in my heart. However, that is not what I am referring to today. I see people dying of hopelessness and bitterness. It is everywhere. There isn’t a certain class of people these diseases attack, it is everywhere. They didn’t see it coming, they weren’t prepared for the war and now they are starving.
Last Saturday I woke up and I couldn’t shake the feeling of “we are in a war.” Sometimes I get this feeling and it is a feeling that I have no doubt about. It is stronger than a surmise, a hunch or a thought….it is impressed upon me in a way that I have no doubt about it. I cannot explain it other than that. Well Saturday, this happened to me. “We are in a war.” Funny thing is before this I was unsure of anything. When I am unsure I am a fighter, I try to fight to figure things out my way. However, surety brings me peace. You may ask how the surety of war can bring you peace. It is because I know this one thing; The Lord God will fight for you. Deuteronomy 20:1-4 “When you go out to war against your enemies, and see horses and chariots and an army larger than your own, you shall not be afraid of them, for the Lord your God is with you, who brought you up out of the land of Egypt. And when you draw near to the battle, the priest shall come forward and speak to the people and shall say to them, ‘Hear, O Israel, today you are drawing near for battle against your enemies: let not your heart faint. Do not fear or panic or be in dread of them, for the Lord your God is he who goes with you to fight for you against your enemies, to give you the victory.’ The scripture tells us that there will be tribulation in this world but HE has overcome the world. John 16:3333 These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world. So, greater is He that is in you than he that is in the world. 1 John 4:4 “4 Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.”
So many people believe in God, so why the hopelessness and bitterness in times of war? Is it lack of faith? Is it lack of relationship with God? Is it fear? Truth is I have no idea. I cannot pin point anyone’s shortcomings, as I have my own to bare. However I have the answer. It is in the Word of God. When we decide as a collaborative team to cultivate gardens by planting seeds of His Word in every single peace of land we come across, millions of lives will be saved. No longer will we see people malnutritioned because feasting on the true’s of Jesus Christ will fatten your entire spiritual being. Distractions can sow seeds of hopelessness and bitterness but His Word brings life. Distractions will keep your mind and heart so bound up that you forget the big picture, millions of lives that need saved. Stop and plant. Stop and plant. Stop and plant. Stop and plant. “Sow the seeds of victory.” Your focus will soon change. While you are planting seeds for others, you’re enriching your soil, your land…the land you and your family dwell. You’re busy ridding weeds, rocks and thorns out of your own life/garden to ensure lives are saved/fed.
Stop throwing stones, stop trying to figure it all out, stop hogging it all for yourself and become a cultivator and a promoter of “Victory Gardens.” Everyone was apart of the “Victory Garden” process, from the top to the bottom. Every single part was of equal importance. Remember every single time someone passes from this life that never understood the goodness, grace and mercy of Jesus Christ an entire generation could die there. But if we choose to stop over thinking, controlling and stone throwing and start weeding, plowing and planting generations will be saved. Our course in life is to live out His Word in every aspect. When we do this we will have a life of “Victory Gardens”, others can glean from, even in the middle of a War. Greater is He that is in YOU, than he that is in the world. Let your table be full of grace and mercy to who so ever will sup with you. Show the love of Jesus Christ daily. Spread the good news. Some may never enter my garden but they will yours, we need each other. We need to work together to fulfill this great commission. Don’t let the war distract you, allow it to enable you to live out the greatest commandment that was ever given to you. …Matthew 28:18-19
“Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to Me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, (JESUS NAME) and teaching them to obey all that I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”… Change a Nation.