Above the ground there isn't much evidence of this change or growth yet come spring, green peeks through the snow in hopes of absorbing sunshine to help it grow to its fullest potential.
A cold winter, wet spring, and dry summer produce a nice sized, and healthy, garlic. A mother who gets enough rests, provides proper nourishment, and takes her supplements will most likely give birth to a healthy baby.
If the garlic didn't absorb the soil's nutrients, accept the sunshine, and reach upward to its full growth...it would die. Do you see the stalk-like greenery shooting from the tops of the garlic? These are called scapes. If you want a larger head of garlic, you must cut them so all the nourishments go to the garlic beneath the ground, not the shoots above the ground.
Regretfully, this sometimes means having the temptation, false hope, sheep in wolve's clothing, false idols, addictions, or whatever it might be ~ CUT from and away from us. This is a painful and frustrating process yet God doesn't do things to purposely harm us when we seek to serve Him and do our best.
A garlic plant's scape taste delicious and adds great flavor to the same foods you'd add garlic to. The scape isn't a waste product but a necessary component of the plant to enhance its growth potential.
Think of the troubles, trials, and stressors in your life like the scape. It might not appear to be necessary but when we acknowledge its presence, snip it out of our life, and get refocused ~ the potentials are endless if we are following God's plan, not our own.
We may wreak of pain, sorrow, hurt, and ugliness as the blades of life remove any of the struggles from our life yet in the end...our bowl of life fills with something potent and powerful. A byproduct of the pain is hope and healing, a drive to share this knowledge with others, and the desire to trust God.
Garlic isn't cut to perfection and white during the growth or harvest processing. Instead it's dark and dirty but with the right care, it's pulled from darkness to be cleaned and prepared for its debut as a pure, clean, and white garlic.
We are not perfect nor will we ever be so. Only Jesus was yet through His death on the cross - He spent OUR time in darkness so we have the hope of eternal life and light in heaven with God. How cool is this? And yes, God gave me this blog through the process of planting, nurturing, and harvesting our garlic. Always something to learn.