This morning, my daughter crawled on top of the kitchen table. This isn’t something I would normally allow, but I really just wanted to finish my coffee. (decaf 😦 ) She started playing with this small, potted plant that I received last year, about this time, as a gift. I’m terrible with indoor plants, and I noticed that the dirt was dry and some of the leaves were beyond dead. After seeing this pitiful vegetation, I decided to put it out of it’s misery , throw it away, and chalk it up to not having a green thumb. On my way over to the trash, I noticed a little sprout shooting up, still very green and very much alive. So I made a u-turn and went to the sink with the plant instead. I carefully got rid of all the dried, dead leaves, replanted it, and added some much needed water. I thought the plant was dead and useless, but it was shouting to me, “Hey, I still have some life in me! Maybe if you nurture me a little, I will be that healthy plant I was when you first got me, with all those pretty pink flowers.”
There are times when we are ready to throw away something because it looks like there is no hope. Maybe it’s a marriage, relationship or friendship that has dried up and lacks any signs of life. It could be a career that we feel has reached a dead-end, or maybe a dormant dream we are ready to throw away because we have lost confidence that it can come true. Luckily, God is the ultimate gardener and He has a miraculous green thumb.
“…people will say, ‘This former wasteland is now like the Garden of Eden! The abandoned and ruined cities now have strong walls and are filled with people!’ Then the surrounding nations that survive will know that I, the LORD, have rebuilt the ruins and replanted the wasteland.” (Ezekiel 36:35-36)
God is waiting to revive and restore our broken, our crumbled and our dried up….whatever it may be. Let’s not act in haste, but check for signs of life before we decide to throw something away, that may just need God’s touch, along with our nurturing. He has the ability to make what was once dead and lifeless, flourish with beauty.