Lessons From A Plant
Someone recently shared that she has a "black thumb." It made me laugh because I fully relate. Eric and I love fresh rosemary. Despite the odds, I made it my mission this past winter to keep our summer plant alive. It found itself perched near a window reaching for what little sunlight the short winter days would share.
As weeks passed on, it seemed that "Rosie" (yes, I named a plant) was in her last days. The scrawny branches hosted leaves that were beginning to turn black. In hopes of saving it, I placed plant food in the soil and faithfully continued to give it water. Little by little, I began to notice a positive change in appearance. Miraculously, Rosie is now fully recovered, thriving, and enjoying the outdoors when the days are warm enough.
Our walk with Jesus can be a lot like Rosie's journey. Some seasons are darker than others and we are desperate for the Light that seems out of reach. We may have a heightened awareness of our weakness and think we won't make it through.
But Jesus knows exactly what we need. He gives us Himself. We have the assurance that He will be with, watch over, provide, and nurse us through and into a new season of life. We often don't even recognize healing and the turn of the season until we are suddenly flourishing again.
If you are in "winter" and limping along right now, rest assured you are not alone. Look for evidence of Christ's faithful love and work in your life. Keep reaching for Him and others. Allow them to comfort and tend to your needs. Even when you don't "feel it," worship Him through the tears and rest in the mercies that are new every morning (Lam. 3:22-23).
If you are in the joy of a "Spring" season, take a moment to look back before moving forward. Praise Him for how He grew you through the hard. Then, SHARE so that others may be comforted and encouraged.
We make much of Christ when we have the courage to share the stories that God is writing through us no matter where we are on the road.
"I will tell of your name to my brothers;
in the midst of the congregation I will praise you:
You who fear the Lord, praise him!
All you offspring of Jacob, glorify him,
and stand in awe of him, all you offspring of Israel!
For he has not despised or abhorred
the affliction of the afflicted,
and he has not hidden his face from him,
but has heard, when he cried to him."