I do not have a green thumb. Oh how I love fresh, beautiful plants and flowers; they just never seem to last very long under my care. I try, really I do. I have every intention of watering them, giving them adequate sunlight and getting the miracle-grow potting soil. But for some reason, I never seem to remember to do “something”… and then, sadly, another one makes its way to the trash with my insistent thought, “I’ll do better next time”.
So here I am, yet again. When my youngest son was born this past March, I was given a cute little basket with a mixture of beautiful plants inside. “Okay,” I thought, “here is my chance to redeem myself.” I put the plant on the window sill of the baby’s bedroom so it would get plenty of light. I watered it… when I remembered. I saw it sitting there many times; I knew needed to take better care of it… maybe water it a little more often, rotate it a bit to allow more sunlight on the other side… but I was usually busy with the baby and figured I would get to it later.
Well…. later never came, and after 5 months, the plant completely dried up and was ready to move to the great beyond, as there was very little hope of any surviving life. But I felt bad. This was a gift that I had neglected; unintentionally perhaps, yet I did let it die under my care. On the way to the trash, I instead decided to move the plant into my bathroom (so I could remember to water it) and try just one more time. I gave the plant a good flooding of cool, clean water and left it sitting there. Several days later, I gave it a little more. After some time, I noticed some new green shoots coming up from amidst the dried, shriveled leaves. It was beautiful! I got so excited as I watched this plant over the next few weeks… it was coming back to life!!! (Can you imagine my happy dance?)
I think God gave me this little treasure as a remembrance to never give up; anything can be made new again. Relationships, marriages, friendships… they may seem dead on the surface; withered, with no hope of survival. But God has a cool, clean water that can bring anything back to life! Too many times we have neglected a person or relationship in our lives; maybe more was expected of us than we wanted to give, or maybe we just did not have the time or energy to invest the care that was needed to continue to cultivate it. We meant to pour ourselves into the other, but we got distracted, busy with life… so the relationship dried up and died.
Isaiah 43:19 says, “See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the desert and streams in the wasteland.”
I have one particular relationship in my life that I have earnestly been praying for God to heal for a long time… years, in fact. On the surface, it seems dead; everyone around me would say it was time to bury it and move on. But I will never give up! It does not matter how hopeless it may seem on the outside, how many dried leaves are falling off the branches… with God, nothing is impossible (Luke 1:37). So I will continue to pray, continue to water and keep watch everyday for that new green sprig to surface… the sign of new life beginning!
“And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.” (Galations 6:9 ESV)
What do you have in your life that seems hopeless, dead or beyond repair? What requests have you taken to God that just seem to have fallen upon deaf ears? May I encourage you today: Never, ever give up!! God is a miracle working God! He hears you… He knows! Just continue to pray… just continue to seek Him… just continue to trust that He knows what He is doing! Our prayers may not always be answered exactly the way we want them to be, but God can make a way in the desert… He can heal any broken or strained relationship… He can perform miracles in each of our lives, sometimes instantly, sometimes after a long journey.
Just keep watering, keep watching and never give up! One day, you might just see that beautiful, new green leaf in your seemingly “hopeless” situation!
May you find the beauty in today,
“He has made everything beautiful in its time” (Ecclesiastes 3:11)
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