I love asparagus. It is truly one of my favorite foods. When we planted 75 roots a few years ago, I thought all of my future asparagus desires would be fully realized. I was wrong. We planted 50 more roots this spring.
Last year, I noticed these teeny tiny little black specks on our asparagus, and it occurred to me that they were the eggs of some kind of insect. Yep. No problem. We just washed them off before we ate the stalks. No big deal.
It didn’t occur to me to scrape the eggs off of the skinny stalks that we allowed to go to seed.
Our asparagus season began with serious damage done by those blasted asparagus beetles! It is amazing to me that three relatively small insects can completely destroy a healthy stalk in less than 24 hours…and still have time to lay a few dozen eggs. Ugh! The good news is, that unlike cabbage worms and tomato worms, asparagus beetles are not at all camouflage. They are easy to see and easy to kill.
Twice a day, I walk up and down my rows of asparagus, knocking dozens of beetles off of the stalk and into a cup of soapy water or smashing them between my fingers before scraping the eggs off each stalk. Sounds fun, doesn’t it? This is the reality of pesticide-free gardening, folks, and this is why you pay more for it. Growers need compensated for the carnage. Gardening can be a nasty business.
Between the beetles and a late freeze before which I neglected to harvest the stalks that were up, we’re a little light on asparagus around here. It’s a sorrowful state, truly.
The way I see it, I have a choice here. I can be mad about it or I can learn my lesson and move on. I mean, I am the one who allowed the eggs to reach maturity instead of getting rid of them when I first noticed their presence. And, I am the one who was too busy to take the time to cut the asparagus in case of freezing temperatures. I can’t always control the bad things that happen around here, but I certainly can control the way I respond.
This makes me think of sin. The devil plants negative thoughts in my mind. Do I let them stay and grow into something destructive? Life throws a variety of obstacles in my path. Do I deal with the momentary inconvenience of handling them immediately or do I give them the opportunity to bring permanent, lasting damage?
I have a choice. It is almost always easier to do the work up front than to shove it to the back burner to deal with later. Just like asparagus beetle eggs appear relatively harmless in the beginning, so does the first sign of sin. And, the Bible tells us that when sin is full grown, it gives birth to death.
Years ago, I heard a preacher say, “Sin will take you further than you want to go, keep you longer than you want to stay and cost far more than you’re willing to pay”. Based on my life experiences, I can emphatically agree with that. It will never get any easier to deal with the ugly in our lives than it is right now.