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The LORD and the Lord will place or position examples in front of us.  I’m writing of examples of how we can follow or take lessons about how to glean treasures from what we have been given as we journey to our destiny.  The examples may come as revelations from life experiences, from one or more of the creations or events they have placed before us … or, as an individual that can make you wonder or ask yourself, “Why can’t I be the example that Bill or Jim: or in the case at hand, Al has been?

I have not known Al Humble (and Al is Humble) for long.  He is one of my Brothers in Christ at Valley View Christian Church (VVCC) in Edgewood, New Mexico.  Late last year several church members, Al included, embarked on a journey to begin a church vegetable garden.  Those still involved have really dedicated themselves toward completing the mission and bringing  everything to fruition (no pun intended).  Al and the other “Gardeners For God,” in what might be referred to as the “Garden of Eatin” are well on their way to sticking seeds, trees and other plants in what will become productive soil.

This was supposed to be a short introduction to the garden concept, but I also wanted it to be an acknowledgement of those involved, especially Al Humble, primarily due to something Al has shared.  I’ll stop now and present a short bio of Al and follow the bio with Al’s very appropriate piece to live by.

BIO:

Al Humble is a husband and father, farmer, gardener, livestock producer, writer, ardent Bible student, teacher, and one-on-one discipler.

 Most of all, he is a enthusiastic follower of Jesus Christ. He commits his daily life and work to honor and please his God through Jesus.
He knows, and encourages others to know that God is present and active in every detail of their lives.

His message is, God wants to know you, and you to know Him! The question is are you available?

If you desire you may contact Al at ahumble@integrity.com

 Al’s Wake-Up Piece

Greetings Valley View Christian Church Gardeners!

A few days ago I was irrigating my fruit tree orchard.  Some of you have fruit trees also.  As I looked at them I was feeling low, you know the feeling.
After the last two hard freezes, it’s unlikely that I will have fruit on
more than 8 of my 67 fruit trees.  Even those 8 trees are uncertain, more
freezes could come. (Update – another hard freeze did come last night – 17degrees)

It stretches my patience to work hard year after year planting, irrigating,
manuring, mulching, pruning and all other labors that go into nurturing
fruit trees, gardens and crops only to see part or all of the crop lost in
the span of a couple of days or weeks.  I’ve been gardening, farming and raising livestock almost all my working life so I’ve gotten used to it, but not
really.

As I was grumbling to myself, the thought occurred to me that faithfulness
is really what’s paramount.  In other words, if I have been oriented to farming by the Spirit of God, it’s up to me to be faithful to it. He isn’t judging me based upon the yield of my crops. He simply wants me to be faithful to my work and to Him, crop or no crop.

The connection between farming and making disciples is that we must
avoid the temptation to evaluate our success only in terms of yield.  Oh sure, our yield is related to our diligence, our timeliness, our attention to the details. Ultimately however the final results are out of our hands and rely solely upon the purposes of our sovereign God.  We control what we can control, do what we can do, then we leave the results with God.

Was I faithful to God?  Did I listen and obey His voice?  I believe that is a better measure of my success, whatever it is I do.

Isn’t this what Paul meant when he said, “I planted, Apollos watered, but
God gave the growth.  So neither he who plants nor he who waters is
anything, but only God who gives the growth. The one who plants and the one who waters have one purpose, and they will each be rewarded according to their own labor. For we are God’s fellow workers…”  1 Corinthians 3:6-10

In heaven, crops won’t freeze and fail.  Everything will be as we wish it
was here and now.  “On either side of the river, midway between it and the
main street of the city, was the Tree of Life. It produced twelve kinds of
fruit, yielding a fresh crop month by month, and the leaves of the tree
served as medicine for the nations.”  Revelation 22:2  Heaven is not that
far away!

Now I’m much more at peace about my frozen trees after thinking about them in this way.  I’m also much more at peace thinking about family, friends and others I have encouraged to take “next steps” in developing a relationship with God but with little or no results yet.  Faithfulness is paramount! Thanks be to God!

Remember this Saturday is our fence building/painting day at the garden. We planned to meet there at 9:00 am.  Please bring your pliers, wire cutters, paint brushes, and be prepared to have a good time together.

Our irrigation equipment is on its way. We will schedule another day soon to get together and install it.

Everything is coming together as we hoped it would, thanks to God.

Let’s begin thinking about saving seeds from our open pollinated vegetables. We can learn the techniques of seed saving, plan for it at the beginning of the gardening season and start our own seed bank or seed library for future use.

Virtually everything we eat begins with seed.

Since we don’t just eat during harvest time, and we’ve gotten into this habit of eating year round, the topics of root cellering, canning, dehydrating, freezing food (putting food by) will be topics of great interest that we can explore and learn together this season also.

Happy Gardening,

Al

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After serving (1957-1961) a peace time tour in the United States Marine Corps, I served with the New Mexico State Police (1964-1985). My career with the New Mexico State Police ended when I retired as commander of its criminal division at the rank of captain. I have lived in Edgewood, New Mexico since 1985. When Edgewood was incorporated, I was elected as one of five governing body members. Since then, except for a two year period, I have continued to serve on the Edgewood town council. I am a member of Valley View Christian Church in Edgewood and I enjoy volunteer work of just about any kind, whether through my church or my community. I am a passionate Pro-Life advocate, and a Christian that believes Jesus was involved in politics, and we (Christians) should follow Christ in ways pleasing to Him and our LORD.