One of the many joys of spring is watching some of the plants from last year begin to appear from underneath the soil. What seemed to be gone, lost beneath the soil, sprouts. I do understand there are plants made to do this. They lie dormant during the winter only to be reborn in the spring. It is such a beautiful process to watch. What is even more surprising are the plants I didn’t plan on coming back. Last year, I grew quite a few potted plants. Leo isn’t necessarily gentle with the flowers growing in the ground. He doesn’t seem to notice the tender stems appearing. In his excitement to chase a bird or a fly, he tramples most anything in his way. So potted plants are the way to go. Last year, after they had all died, I threw them all into a hole Leo had dug – hoping some of the soil would help to fill the craters where he finds lizards. Last week, I noticed that one of the plants I had thrown into the hole was beginning to grow, bloom even. So I dug it up out of the hole and put it in a much better place. It is now thriving in its new home. I would have never guessed it would have made it. I didn’t plant it in the hole so it was exposed to all the elements of the winter. I really just threw it in there. But it found a way to survive, and then grow. It has new life and it is producing beautiful yellow flowers already. What a joyful surprise!
God has a way of doing the same with us. We may not have the best environment. We may not have the ideal planting situation. Our soil may be a little rough and we may feel a little trampled. But God can make something amazing. He can produce a new creation, something no one expects, not even us. He knows our potential. He knows the goodness inside. He knows the love he has planted deep in our hearts. And he knows exactly what we need. Sometimes we just need shelter while we become stronger. Sometimes we need a new place to thrive. Whatever it is, God knows and he uses this to produce something brand new. We can become a new creation in him. What a gift it is! Bloom, my friends. God is up to something good.
2 Corinthians 5:17
17 So if anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation: everything old has passed away; see, everything has become new!
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