Tender mercies are a gift from heaven.
But what are tender mercies exactly?
“The Lord’s tender mercies are the very personal and individualized blessings, strength, protection, assurances, guidance, loving-kindnesses, consolation, support, and spiritual gifts which we receive from and because of and through the Lord Jesus Christ”David A. Bednar
Does God really care about my summer garden? Really?
There were a lot of things in my schedule in 2020 that had been affected due to the coronavirus pandemic. My garden was just one more thing to add to the list.
I usually buy seed potatoes for my garden early in the Spring. However, with social distancing and stay-at-home orders, I had not been out shopping for much more than the necessities.
As I went in search of seed potatoes at a local nursery and garden center at the end of April, one of the employees at the nursery informed me that they were completely sold out and didn’t expect to receive any more seed potatoes this season.
I checked a nearby farm and ranch store and was told the same story.
Hmmm. One of the workers at the nursery and garden center suggested finding some organic potatoes, letting them grow some eyes, and then planting them.
“But you need to be quick. They should be in the ground already.” She then added, “There is also the option of purchasing some of the potatoes plants we have here at the garden center”
As luck would have it, I was not able to find any organic red potatoes. By the time the potatoes had a chance to sprout, it would be almost too late in the season to plant them anyway.
So, I went back to the garden center and purchased six potato plants. I wanted to grow some potatoes at least.
Later that afternoon, I was down in our cold storage area and noticed odd white shoots growing out of an old ice cream bucket. I couldn’t image what they were.
And then, I remembered leaving a bucket of potatoes in the storage room last Fall. I even remember telling Chris to not let me forget that they were there so we could still eat them. We both forgot.
God’s Tender Mercies
It was a one of God’s tender mercies to me to find those 20 seed potatoes. And they were from organic seed.
My dad said that is exactly what he does for his seed potatoes each year.
As a side note, I am going to leave another bucket of potatoes in my cold storage this Fall. Next year, I will be prepared.
So, I snipped off almost a foot of eyes from the potatoes and planted them in my garden.
Approximately three weeks after planting the seed potatoes from my old blue bucket, I noticed that green leaves from one of the plants had begun to poke through the earth. Additionally, I had volunteer potatoes growing in another garden box from potatoes planted last summer. And I still had the six potatoes plants purchased from the nursery and garden center. We would have an abundance of potatoes this summer.
“…the tender mercies of the Lord are available to all of us… the Redeemer of Israel is eager to bestow such gifts upon us.”David A. Bednar
I love how God knew and planned for seed potatoes for my garden long before He knew I would need them. I love that He hears and answers prayers. God is good.
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