I love growing plants in containers. A few years ago I gave up on annuals..those plants that look so good for one spring and summer and then are gone. I switched over to perennials..they last for many years..blooming and then dying back over the winter months. My plants are showing signs of life right now..their stalks are covered with little green sprouts. What a beautiful sight..winter is almost over and spring is around the corner.
The life of faith is like a perennial. We experience seasons where we are dry brown sticks. Our hearts are heavy and our spirits are deflated. We are in a winter season..waiting for spring. Beneath the surface..the life that God breathes into us is still very much alive. He is at work in us. We have no idea what He is doing..we wonder if it will ever end. Our challenge is to survive..to stay upright like the little plants in my pots. To keep our roots sinking deeper and deeper into the soil. We become stronger in Him as we survive winter after winter. We persevere..we wait.
Our life is not easy..that word is not found in the Bible. Our walk is not simple.. like the books that spell out things step by step. We live in a mystery. But we don’t live in it alone. We live each dry season with our God. The same one who set the heavens in place..the one who came and suffered to give us life. Our creator..our life-giver..our faithful God who never leaves or forsakes us.
Sink your roots down deep and hold on. The storms will pass..the season will change. He will come for you..our deliverer!
“My thoughts are nothing like your thoughts, says the Lord. And my ways are far beyond anything you could imagine. For just as the heavens are higher than the earth, so my ways are higher than your ways and my thoughts are higher than yours.”