Good Morning all, bear with me and read on if you have time or appetite, I felt this was something I had to share..
This morning I went out to water the plants in the garden
Due to the glorious summer we have had, they have been beautiful and still mostly in full bloom..
Most of them that is.
A particular plant, given to me as a gift by a dear friend has not fulfilled any of its potential
It looked scraggy and no real blooms had appeared at all.
One for the compost heap I thought to myself..
The Lord seemed to speak to me at this point and I found myself walking around the garden.
The baskets and pots still in full splendor..
As I looked aI realized that part of the reason for this was due to one major fact.
I had been ill all summer, not at work, not in a good place..
This year I had diligently watered the pots and baskets.
There also had been problems in the garden.
We had planted a bamboo in the wrong place, it was taking over the area and causing damage, seen and unseen..it had to be removed.
This in turn had caused us to have to move some pots from their allocated place.
In one case, tearing up the roots from the place it had stood for many years, putting it in new soil, repotting and moving to a different location.
Do you know, these two plants have absolutely changed their appearance.
The ‘pot bound’ one looked stronger and healthier.
The other plant, whose green leaves had been faded and was often subject to being chewed at, with no apparent pest present, now stood strong and the leaves the healthiest and deepest green I had ever seen.
It was apparent that, where they had been placed and planted, wasn’t the best place for them to be.
I looked back at the plant, destined for the bin..
It still had life, but it was rather scraggy and many of its leaves and foliage were obviously dead, dying, or well past any potential they could ever have had.
I began to pluck at the foliage and pull off the offending parts that made this plant unpleasing to the eye.
A messy, almost pointless task I thought.
When I finally finished pulling the plant almost to pieces, there stood a little plant with full potential to thrive.
I felt The Lord say, move it to a different place and see where it blossoms and grows.
This plant is not dead, it has life and with nurture and care, it will show what it’s meant to be.
Each of us are like plants.
We differ in our looks, our seasons and our ability to give the full potential of what we have to offer, in the place we find ourselves.
I often heard it said, ‘blossom where you’re planted’..
We’re all in fact, planted in Gods garden..
We may bring forth amazing displays, we may bloom for for a time and then fade away, a bit like my petunias, they only come for a season and next year, new ones will be planted in their place.
The geraniums I have come up year on year, I just have to make sure in the colder seasons they are protected so they bring forth new plants next year.
Some plants seem to look after themselves, but all need to be cared for.
If you see a fellow believer that seems to be jaded, or faded, or wilting near where others are blooming.
Instead of tossing them to one side and thinking they are dying, they might just need a little help to cast off what is causing them to wilt.
They might, instead of being watered, need a helping hand to remove the dead and be moved to a new spot.
It’s taken me a time of being a bit like that little plant, not in the right place and not able to look any more than a poor example of my potential.
I thank God that my Father is ‘The’ Gardener…
He won’t leave me untended, he knows where I need to be and will place me there.
If you notice a ‘wilting’ fellow believer, don’t leave them to get through their ‘time’, or write them off as a lost cause.
Visit often, that neglected one might just be the one that needs you..
To breathe new life into them, by your presence and giving them a hand to reach the potential of their DNA..
We, after all, are family, we are one…
Wherever you’re placed, look around, even outside your ‘boundaries’, ask The Lord for eyes to see and hearts to reach another..
You may be well surprised of the potential you see released.
Now unto Him who is able, able to keep us from falling (wilting),
And present us faultless (full potential) in the presence of His glory
With exceeding joy
To the only Lord God and Saviour, be glory and majesty,
Dominion and power both now and forever..
Happy gardening folks