What I Learned From Buried Vegetables

What I learned from 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 special 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. Juju loved to dig holes around the yard. I remember he dug a hole so big; we could make a giant pool. Juju had dug the hole as deep as it was wide. My little mini pin had been digging for days. He had dug the hole so deep, after a while, you couldn’t see his little body. All you could see was dirt flying through the air. I chuckle now, but back then, it wasn’t funny. Thankfully, the new owner didn’t mind the big hole.

Juju’s dirt-digging skills mined an unexpected treasure in my backyard. Juju managed to dig in an area close to the back porch, and it was there he dug up multiple mason jars full of vegetables. The mason jars were full of corn and green beans. To my surprise, the corn and green beans looked fresh as if they had been canned that day.

Green beans anyone?

The woman who owned the house before us was a canner, and she stored her veggies in mason jars and buried them in the backyard. There’s a realistic approach to food insurance. To look at them, they still looked fresh, but I don’t know how many years they had been in the ground. I had owned the house a few years already, so it was before us. But if one didn’t know any better, we could serve them for dinner tonight!

We threw them out because we couldn’t take the chance. In hindsight, I could have researched buried vegetables, and they might have been fresher than store-bought.

This story reminds me of how people bury things in their lives. We hide the pain, heartache, and things we’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 absolute truth about what we’re hiding.

Can I suggest something to you? We are not burying it from EVERYONE. God sees the pain; he sees what we are doing, and he longs to bring us comfort and reconciliation. He wants to bring us peace, compassion, and forgiveness. The next time you think about burying your 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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