Here’s what happens if you neglect checking on your zucchini for a few days. The two largest ones had been “hiding” down deep in the plant so they were more neglected than the others. They’re not good for much except the compost pile at this point (which is where they went).
Their hiding and growing made me think of what happens with our sin. If we don’t see them, acknowledge them and confess them, they continue to grow and get out of hand. God’s Spirit and Word will help us avoid that.
“The fear of the Lord is clean, enduring forever; The judgments of the Lord are true and righteous altogether. More to be desired are they than gold, Yea, than much fine gold; Sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb. Moreover by them Your servant is warned, And in keeping them, there is great reward. Who can understand his errors? Cleanse me from secret faults. Keep back Your servant also from presumptuous sins; Let them not have dominion over me. Then I shall be blameless, And I shall be innocent of great transgression. Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart Be acceptable in Your sight, O Lord, my strength and my Redeemer. Psalms 19:9-14 NKJV
You hear a lot of stories about how prolific zucchini is – you get more than you can keep up with. (Like the old joke in gardening circles – don’t leave your car window rolled down or someone will leave a bag of zucchini).
Several years ago I gave up on the plant. There wasn’t a problem with too many, it was very few. I had problems with squash vine borers. I never could figure out how to prevent them from decimating the vines so I just quit.
But this year I tried them again and you can see from this one plant that the Lord has blessed us with a load of zucchini again. We’re having them sauted and grilled, giving them away and Sharon’s making zucchini bread. It is a great blessing so if you need some let me know. I’m not sure where the squash vine borers are, but I’m thankful they haven’t found their way back yet.
“Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths. Be not wise in your own eyes; fear the LORD, and turn away from evil. It will be healing to your flesh and refreshment to your bones. Honor the LORD with your wealth and with the firstfruits of all your produce; then your barns will be filled with plenty, and your vats will be bursting with wine.” Proverbs 3:5-10
Thank the Lord for plants full of zucchini!