People here ask if I garden.
I used to light up and share all that I enjoy growing.
Then we planted our first avocado tree and were advised to move it or else it will grow up and drop avocados on our roof and break the clay tiles.
Now I just say I used to garden.
I have planted seedlings here.
It is yet to be determined whether or not it will become a garden. The climate here is so very different than what we are used to. It’s blazing hot in January, with rain rain rain everyday, then it stops for months. Currently I’m trying to figure out how to keep ants out of our plants. Anyone know how to build a fence for that?! We bought special dirt because the soil is so acidic and dry. Andre built a table for our planters out of an old door, cuz he’s handy like that. We’re composting and crossing our fingers.
But still. It’s a 50/50 chance whether or not they will grow.
I think the reason I like gardening so much is what you can learn from kneeling down on the ground, saying a prayer for growth with dirt under your fingernails. As I took these delicate seedlings from their comfortable life in the nursery and transplanted them in a relentlessly dry land with the blazing sun…My mind went to James 1.2-4. The passage is beautiful. It builds and inspires. But, I got stuck on this.
When your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. So let it grow…
These little seedlings could have spent the rest of their lives in the nursery. They had a pretty great set up there, sitting in cozy black plastic homes, surrounded by their best buds. A nice lady always making sure they’re never too hot or too cold, and have plenty of their favorite food and drink. There were even little kitties walking around, purring.
But, there was no room for them to grow. No place to expand their roots.
We are doing our best to give them space to bloom.
I hope they will, because it would really complete this analogy nicely.
And, I really miss Basil.
I guess my point is that all too often we find ourselves in a place where we despise the hard. We beg for our troubles to pass. We can not wait until our trials dismiss.
But, if we are never given room to stretch, we will never grow.
When you are taken to a place that is no longer comfortable…give up?
When you are stretched beyond what you find desirable…get upset?
When what is being asked of you is beyond what you are capable of…think life is unfair?
To all of the above, James encourages us to consider it an opportunity for JOY!
Why, oh WHY in the world would he say that?
Because then your endurance has a chance to grow!
Because when your endurance is fully developed, you will be strong in character and ready for anything!