This post is courtesy of my husband, Michael, who will appear from time to time as a guest blogger with all sorts of wonderful information. So, without any further delay.........introducing Michael Andrzejewski.
Thank you, thank you. I have heard so much about this wonderful blog and wanted to share just a few of my thoughts. As many of you know, we recently plowed up a good portion of our yard so that we could have a vegetable garden this summer. We received some help from some new found friends and have been working diligently, whenever the rain subsides. Today was the first nice day we have had here in about two weeks, so Nina and I worked in the yard this afternoon. While I was raking rocks and plowed up weeds out of the garden area, the girls called to me that our neighbor wanted to see me over at our normal meeting place - the rock wall that separates our properties. When I arrived at the rock wall, Vino was holding five heads of lettuce out to me. He explained that I needed to take off the large pieces on the outside and leave the core and smaller pieces to plant. We spoke for a few minutes about the weather, when I should plant tomatoes and cucumbers, and more importantly, when he could help me - before we parted ways. I called Nina over and explained to her what Vino said so she could take off the outer pieces of lettuce and we could plant the "cores" in our garden. So, that now makes 48 "feet" as they call them in Portuguese of lettuce in our garden. We have 43 that are very small and 5 that are mature that Vino gave us today. What will we do with all of that lettuce? We'll share of course.
Anyway, to the important part - just after I got saved, I remember a preacher once saying as he read through his text that we have in the Bible a lettuce patch. Initially, I was unsure of what he was saying, until finally hearing him read from the 12th chapter of Hebrews, "Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, LET US lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and LET US run with patience the race that is set before us..." I count 13 times in 12 verses throughout Hebrews where we are admonished with these words - LET US. Think on this. Let us, which means that we should allow ourselves as believers in Christ and members of His body to...fear (4:1), labor (4:11), hold fast our profession (4:14), come boldly unto the throne of grace (4:16), go on unto perfection (6:1)....well, you get the hint. That is just in the first six chapters of Hebrews. Consider the lettuce (let us) throughout the Bible and we have a lot to consider. Seeing all of the lettuce in our garden just made me think about some of these things like going on to perfection and laying aside those things which so easily beset us. Now, next time you sit down for salad, you just might consider your Christian duties, and our wonderful little Portuguese lettuce patch. If you do, please pray for us.