04 Aug How Ignorance Cost Me My Harvest
Ignorance is a long-time foe to humanity. It has cost many their health, some their families, some business, some marriages and lots more, even lives.
Since moving to Canada, I have dreamt of growing a vegetable garden. This year, I made up my mind to stop procrastinating and just do it. As summer approached, I was very excited and kept asking neighbours and some seniors who had beautiful vegetable gardens the best time to plant. I also went to the web in search of information on when and how to go about it.
In May I engaged my boys (they were not as excited as I was.). We prepped the garden; removed weeds and loosened the soil as best as we knew how. We poured on some bags of soil my husband and I had bought from Canadian Tire.
Now about buying the soil, you know May was in the middle of the whole Covid-19 Pandemic. The lines and wait times at the stores were not encouraging but my husband as always, saw something I was excited about and gave his support.
Any way, I planted my seeds somewhere in the middle of May. I planted some Spinach, Kale, Romaine Lettuce, tomatoes, Habanero Peppers, Parsley, Corn, and some others.
My Ignorance Story
Some weeks later I noticed some weeds had started growing in my garden. When planting I put some sticks by the spots where I planted the seeds. I hoped this would help me know when the seeds are sprouting and tell the vegetables from weeds.
Once again, I engaged my sons (to their displeasure) and we pulled out the weeds. The problem was, I thought the Lettuce was yet to sprout and assumed everything on that row was weed, and I pulled them all out.
I had no idea what a sprouting Lettuce looks like and I did not bother to make sure before I pulled out the “weeds”. I was sure I was right because nothing was happening in the spot where I had put in the marking sticks for the lettuce. So at the end of the day, instead of harvesting eight bunches of lettuce I had only two.
Even though I was excited about harvesting Romaine Lettuce right from my yard, I imagine what it could have meant having more of it to enjoy for more days.
What if I had destroyed my ignorance of what a Romaine Lettuce seedling looks like by going to You tube, asking google, or asking my senior friends?
I should have been patient and diligent to wait a few minutes or hours if need be, to find out exactly what a Romaine Lettuce seedling looks like before weeding that row. I would have had a 100% harvest of my Lettuce instead of just 20%. Look what ignorance cost me!
What is ignorance?
According to dictionary.com, Ignorance is the state or fact of being ignorant. It is lack of knowledge, learning, information etc.
Merriam-Webster dictionary defines it as the state or fact of being ignorant: lack of knowledge, education, or awareness.
Almost everyone I know have had their share of ignorance challenges. I am sure you would have had your share of ignorance related problems too.
It is a destroyer
Like I mentioned in the beginning, Ignorance has destroyed a lot of things, even lives. Some people did not know what they enjoyed eating was destroying their health. Some did not know their attitude was destroying their marriage. Some did not know that their bad breath was denying them job opportunities. The list is endless of the things, and people ignorance has destroyed.
My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge. Hosea 4:6 NKJV
So What Is The Solution?
So how do we deal with this destroyer? The answer to this should be a no brainer, shouldn’t it? Well, like I know you know by now, the only way to destroy ignorance is to find knowledge.
It is that simple, as simple as turning on a light bulb destroys darkness. The moment you gain knowledge in an area, you have defeated whatever destruction ignorance would have brought you in that area. We cannot allow ignorance to destroy us or make life difficult for us. We must go for knowledge, and diligently seek until we find it.
If you are struggling in your health. Go for knowledge.
Are you battling in your finances? Go for knowledge.
Is your marriage struggling? There is something you are ignorant of. Go for knowledge.
Struggling with your job, relationship, vision, business or anything else? There is a knowledge you need to acquire, Go for it.
The Source Of Lasting Knowledge
Now I know that there is so much information, resources, TED Talks, the World Wide Web, Webinars and the sorts that do provide knowledge that could help us.
How ever, the best book of knowledge there is; the No. ! Bestseller of all times, that does not only contain information but revelation – The Bible.
The Bible is the written word of God and contains every knowledge we need for every area of life. Unlike all other sources of knowledge, it contains knowledge that can transform a man; spirit, soul and body, spiritually, physically, mentally, financially and all other wise.
More so, it is the only source of knowledge that makes eternal impact on a life.
Therefore, we should make God’s word our primary and final source of knowledge. God’s word should be our filter for information we get everywhere else.
For the Lord gives wisdom; From His mouth come knowledge and understanding. Proverbs 2:6 NKJV
So do not be like me who pulled my lettuce seedlings with weeds because I was operating in ignorance.
The consequences of ignorance can be devastating!
Let’s find the knowledge we need and apply it. That way we avoid the toiling, weariness, heart ache and destruction that ignorance brings.
Have you ever had problems of ignorance?
How have you handled any problem posed by ignorance?
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