Planting Seeds for Victory
During our recent vacation, my husband and I revisited our favorite museum in Wolfboro, New Hampshire - The Wright Museum of World War II. We were actually there on the last day of the season and had the whole place to ourselves! Their website describes the museum as follows:
"The Wright Museum is a 501(c)3 non-profit educational institution dedicated to recognizing and honoring the contributions and enduring legacy of WWII-era Americans."
My husband's favorite part of the museum is this room right here... :-)
Throughout the inside of the museum they have different vignettes set up. Here are some of them...
My favorites are the war time living room and kitchen. I literally stand there just crawling into the scene imagining what it was like at that time. I'm not quite sure why I didn't take pictures of those. I think because I was just so enthralled in the moment. lol.
The museum also has authentic toys from the era and a doll house!! :-)
There is also a Time Tunnel; a series of rooms containing memorabilia and interesting facts about each year starting in 1939 and ending in 1945. In addition, each room has that year's Life Magazine covers hanging along the walls. My favorite is listening to the popular music which is played for each year. I LOVE IT!!
I also learned something very interesting while there, and although I heard the term before, I didn't really know what it truly meant...
The Victory Garden...
It made me think of the valuable seeds that we as Believers could be planting...
I wasn't able to find a more recent statistic, except the sad news that the percentage of people identifying as Christians has dropped in recent years, but in 2010 there were 266,630,000 Christians in the United States.
What if we had the same drive as the World War II civilian population of twenty million Americans, who planted Victory Gardens for the cause of the war, in planting the seeds of the Gospel for the cause of Christ.
Imagine if two-hundred-sixty-six million Christians were walking in obedience and were sharing their faith, what an incredible impact that would have on the United States.
Here in this country, gun control is a hotly debated topic. Well, maybe the average citizen wouldn't feel the need to arm themselves if there wasn't so much evil and darkness in the world. If two-hundred-sixty-six million Christians would shine the love of Christ and actively share the Gospel, just maybe the impact would be astounding enough to change our country back to a Christian nation founded upon the principals of the Bible...
A country where there is no more hate. A country that would not be divided, but one that would work together. Where we would see every person as made in God's image... to see the best in them rather than rush to judgment.
A country where Christ would be King and love would prevail.
Maybe this seems utopian and maybe we won't experience this wholly until Heaven, but I don't believe that the Lord calls us to sit idly by...
The 18th century protestants did not sit idly by or there would not have been a Great Awakening throughout Europe, and the 19th century protestants did not sit idly by or there wouldn't have been the Second Great Awakening which swept through the United States.
The following poem written by L. Young Correthers, from These Blooming Patriots: A Little War Garden Gossip (1942), served as encouragement to spur on those twenty million Victory Gardeners...
Vegetables for Victory
Vegetables for Victory
Give Vitamins for health ---
Add riches to the nation ---
Augment our country's wealth.
No go to work good neighbors
With busy rakes and hoes
So that garden diligence
Will help defeat our foes.
The vegetables have registered ---
Each root and bulb and leaf ---
All stand awaiting your command ---
And we, as Believers, have the Words of Life to spur us on to plant "Seeds for Victory" in like manner...
Do not be wise in your own eyes; Fear the LORD and turn away from evil.
It will be healing to your body And refreshment to your bones.
and I will give thee the treasures of darkness,
and hidden riches of secret places,
that thou mayest know that it is I, Jehovah,
who call thee by thy name, even the God of Israel.
Give, and you will receive. Your gift will return to you in full—
pressed down, shaken together to make room for more, running over, and poured into your lap.
The amount you give will determine the amount you get back.
Be diligent to present yourself approved to God as a workman who does not need to be ashamed, accurately handling the word of truth.
2 Timothy 2:15
Then He said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into His harvest.”…
"But when the crop permits, he immediately puts in the sickle, because the harvest has come."
Now while they were passing through the cities, they were delivering the decrees which had been decided upon by the apostles and elders who were in Jerusalem, for them to observe. So the churches were being strengthened in the faith, and were increasing in number daily.
Let the word of Christ richly dwell within you, with all wisdom teaching and admonishing
one another with psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with thankfulness
in your hearts to God.
"This book of the law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it; for then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have success.
Submit therefore to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.
Forever, O LORD, Your word is settled in heaven.
"For truly I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not the smallest letter or stroke shall pass from the Law until all is accomplished.
Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey all that I have commanded you.
Your Savior and Lord, Jesus Christ
The old hymn, Victory in Jesus, written by Eugene Monroe Bartlett Senior, shares the story of our Victory in Christ Jesus. May we all share, without hesitation to a dying world, the victory that can be won in Christ Jesus...
Victory in Jesus
I heard an old, old story,
How a Savior came from glory,
How He gave His life on Calvary
To save a wretch like me;
I heard about His groaning,
Then I repented of my sins;
And won the victory.
O victory in Jesus,
My Savior, forever.
He sought me and bought me
With His redeeming blood;
He loved me ere I knew Him,
And all my love is due Him,
He plunged me to victory,
Beneath the cleansing flood
I heard about His healing,
Of His cleansing power revealing.
How He made the lame to walk again
And caused the blind to see;
And then I cried, "Dear Jesus,
Come and heal my broken spirit,"
And somehow Jesus came and brought
To me the victory.
I heard about a mansion
He has built for me in glory.
And I heard about the streets of gold
Beyond the crystal sea;
About the angels singing,
And the old redemption story,
And some sweet day I'll sing up there
The song of victory.
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