This summer, in my humble sized backyard, M planted vegetables seeds in my flower pots, buried sunflower seeds in front of my fence, and covered up pumpkin seeds in my modest garden. Labeled stakes were set in the dirt to remind us what sprouts to expect.
Whenever I looked out my windows, or wandered into my backyard, I checked for any signs of stems busting through the soil. It didn’t take long for the pumpkin seeds to sprout leafy plants, and sunflower stems to shoot upwards, but the pots stayed curiously empty.
Ah, your lettuce, beets and peas are coming up! M said to me one day.
Yet, the next time he visited, he saw no progress, and the lettuce chewed away. You have a critters, he hypothesized, correctly. But the pumpkins and sunflowers are raised high enough to be safe.
So, I filled my pots with seeds I know grow—pansies, petunias, and allysum, hardy flowers for our northern hot summer days and cooler nights.
This is what the hardy do. There is a hardiness in each of us that finds the way to grow.
When we look at our unsprouted dreams and chewed away plans, we keep on for we know God has a good plan for our life.
When we grow higher in our knowledge of His ways, we know we can overcome what tries to tear us down.
When we plant what is known truth in our minds, souls, and hearts, we rest easy because we know God is good.
We are meant to thrive even when life is not going as we thought.
God has A Good Plan for Our Lives
He who began a good work in your will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.
Phillippians 1:6 NIV
Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and he will establish your plans.
God Made Us to Overcome
No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. And when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so you can endure it.
1 Corinthian 10:13
I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”
God is Good
And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.
The Lord is good to all; he has compassion on all he has made.
What God promises are you growing and rejoicing in today?