What I Learned About Buried Vegetables

What I Learned About Buried Vegetables

What I learned about buried vegetables is nothing earth-shattering but exciting and unexpected.

I think about my old house from time to time, and all the unique things about it and buried vegetables are one of those unique things. It turns out my dog found buried vegetables in our back yard while digging as dogs do.

One day my dog was digging a hole. He loved to dig holes around the yard. I remember he dug a hole so big, we could fit make a giant pool out of it. He had dug the hole as deep as it was wide. This little mini pin dug this hole for days unknown to us. After a while, you could no longer see him. All you could see was dirt flying out of the whole. I chuckle now, but back then, it wasn’t funny.

His dirt-digging skills mined an unexpected treasure in the backyard. He managed to dig in an area close to the back porch, and it was there he dug up multiple mason jars full of vegetables. He found mason jars full of corn and green beans. Admittedly, the corn and green beans looked fresh.

Green beans anyone

The woman who owned the house before us was a canner, and she canned (jarred) her veggies in mason jars and buried them in the back yard. There’s a realistic approach to food insurance. To look at them, they still looked good, but I don’t know how many years they were buried. I had owned the house a few years already, so it was before us. But if one didn’t know any better, they could be served for dinner tonight!

I didn’t eat them, and we threw them out. We couldn’t take the chance.

What this story reminds me of is how people bury things in their lives. Many people hide the pain, heartache, and the things they’ve done wrong. We think that if we cover it up, it will never be discovered. We believe if we never get help for those painful memories or painful events, no one will ever find the real truth about what we’re hiding.

Can I suggest something to you? The hurting person is not burying it from EVERYONE. God sees the pain; he sees what people are doing, and he longs to bring them comfort. He wants to bring them peace, compassion, and forgiveness. The next time we think about burying our pain like a jar of vegetables in the backyard, consider taking it to your heavenly Father first.

Isaiah 51:12, “I, even I, am he who comforts you. Who are you that you should be afraid of a man who will die. And of the son of a man who will be made like grass?”


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