Sunflowers in the Garden

On a farm, there was a family who had two separate fields, in which they grew sunflowers. The father of the household, told his daughter(s), Maria, to take care of one side and Kelli the other.

Maria and Kelli set out to work at 6 a.m., to get to work. Maria took the right side and Kelli took the left.

The first week, they both plowed the ground and made sure that there was just the right amount of rows, so that there would be an equal amount of sunflowers; they didn't stop working until all the work was finished.

The second week, they planted all the seeds and made sure that they were sowed deep enough, so that they would grow to full height. They also made sure that every row had enough water.

After they had planted all the seeds, they had to wait and wait, until all the flowers began to grow. Within the right amount of time, all the sunflowers had reached the perfect height.

Maria and Kelli had much to do so that the flowers would stay alive. On the right side of the field, Maria got up extra early to make sure that there were no weeds and that each sunflower was watered. On the left side of the field, Kelli thought maybe she would wait for a few days before she went outside to inspect the flowers.

The days kept getting further and further and Kelli slept in and she told herself that she was going to get around to the flowers, but never did. Her side was full of weeds and the bugs were making homes near the flowers and the garden started to die, because they weren't receiving enough water and proper treatment.

Maria knew that if she didn't get her side done, she wouldn't be obeying her father by taking care of what was entrusted to her. Her garden was becoming more and more beautiful as each day passed and everyone complimented on how beautiful each and every sunflower looked.

Kelli asked herself, "Why doesn't my side look pretty?"

Maria thought to herself, "I will keep working for my father and not give up, because I know that He watches over my garden."

"A man reaps what he sows. The one who sows to please his sinful nature, from that nature will reap destruction; the one who sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life. Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers." (Galatians 6:7b-10)

Charissa Romero

Charissa, who comes from a family of eight, is a student majoring to be a youth counselor.

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