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For the Love of the Grow

I’m on a gardening kick, which all started with my love of food and cooking. I started by learning to grow the fresh herbs I always found myself buying such as Basil, Parsley, Oregano, Thyme, and Rosemary. A few failed attempts, some trial and error, and a little advice from other gardeners helped me sustain a consistent herb garden. I’ve since moved forward and added some vegetables and fruits this season. I must tell you: it has quickly become one of my favorite hobbies. I have always felt close to God when I am observing the intricacies of nature and how He has created it to sustain itself, and in turn sustain humanity. What has pleasantly surprised me recently is how nature kind of takes care of itself. For example, did you know when you take a cutting from a plant and grow it back in the soil, its DNA never changes? It “thinks” it’s still attached to the original plant and grows as such. I’ll do you one better – when a pest has attacked a leaf or two of a plant, the pest will see the damaged part of the leaf and be attracted to that part of the plant? In other words, pests are more attracted to sick plants than they are healthy ones. Even better, some plants are natural pest deterrents and discourage pests from attacking the plants around it.

We have been through a strange adventure. In fact, the adventure hasn’t ended yet, and it may not end for quite some time. We need to be a people who are prepared to go through the stress the next season will bring us. Are we, when separated from the body of Christ, carrying the same DNA in our veins as when we are a part of the body? When we are under attack, are we hanging around believers who will pray for us, be there for us, and repel our doubts? When we are under stress, are we going to become sick in the heart and in turn attract more sickness, or will we prune that sickness away in exchange for a healthier and more pure heart?

Plants are so intricate, and so are their predators. Some will attack just the leaves, leaving the rest of the plant intact, some will eat the veins of the plant and force it to die, and others will go straight for the root system. Some plants are hardier than others, and some can barely tolerate any stress whatsoever. But through each little adventure, I am there every single morning to make sure that plant’s stress doesn’t kill it.

People are also intricate. So is our Predator. But our God is bigger, stronger, and wiser. He knows how to take care of His people, so when we are attacked at any part of our life, the stress doesn’t destroy us. We would do well to pray for each other this prayer found in Ephesians 3:16-19: I pray He may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge – that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.

Through each adventure, each trial, each stressor, be rooted and established in the love of God. Be together with His people. Pray for strength for yourself and those around you. Draw from God’s power, rest in the knowledge of His care, and know God’s love to its fullest measure! Because HE can do immeasurably more than we could ever ask or imagine.