Grace morning on this terrific and triumphant Tuesday.
I read a simple but profound story about growth. Three young men who were in Seminary, thought to plant a small vegetable garden outside their house of studies. It would consist of tomatoes, squash and cucumbers and the only financial investment required was for them to rent a rake, a pickax and a shovel. The urban environment didn’t allow much space for a garden, but they determined that a small, sunny area of the stone-covered dirt parking lot could work well.
The three seminarians explained their idea to the President of the school. His response was “you’re wasting your time. Nothing will grow there.” They received the President’s permission for their project.
The three young men began work. They slammed their pickax into hard dirt, turning clumps of earth upside down. What they discovered just a few inches beneath the surface brought smiles to their faces. It was a gardener’s dream: dark fertile soil.
The garden, though small, turned out to be successful.
Don’t believe the words “nothing will grow there.” Especially when assessing your own life.
What do you need? Courage for difficult task? Hope and optimism in your despair? Don’t believe that nothing will grow there. When you assess your own life, consider it with the eye of a gardener.
“Your eyes saw my unformed substance; in your book were written, every one of them, the days that were formed for me, when as yet there was none of them. How precious to me are your thoughts, O God! How vast is the sum of them!”
Psalms 139:16-17 ESV
In spite of the stones covering your steps to success, underneath the surface lies rich, fertile soil waiting to nurture the seeds you sow. Even more than you can imagine will grow there if given a chance.
Keep digging in this new year!
Live, love, and laugh your way through this tremendous and trouble-less Tuesday!