My mother loves to garden. It’s one of her favorite things to do and it’s something she shared with my sisters and me from an early age. Our family had a large garden filled with peppers, squash, cucumbers, corn, strawberries, and okra (my least favorite to pick). Most of the time, us girls got to pick our favorites to be planted. Perhaps, that was Mom’s way of ensuring we’d eat our veggies. And, it certainly helped with the grocery budget with six mouths to feed.
My sisters and I also spent lots of time in the flower gardens around the house or potting flowers until they were ready to be planted. One summer, we built a full-size greenhouse in our backyard for the seedlings she was growing and we kept it going until Hurricane Hugo blew through.
While I didn’t develop the green thumb my mother possesses, I do look back on those memories with a smile on my face. What I loved most, was that every Spring meant something new was coming. Each year the garden would look different than the year before, depending on the plants that came back and the new ones we planted. I waited with eager anticipation for the flowers to bloom. I loved the colorful petals, the smell of the blossoms, and the taste of fresh produce.
Spring was a happy time. It brought with it renewal, new hope, and freshness. And, I believe God wants the same for us. In Isaiah 43:19, God says,
Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.
Sometimes it’s hard for us to see what God has planned for us because we’re too busy looking at the past, or too afraid to look ahead. We wait in our comfort zone thinking if we just stay there we’ll be good for another day. But, God wants more from us. He is asking us to see and respond to His preparation and purpose in our lives and in the Church. He said that even in the wilderness He will make a way where it seems impossible or impassable.
So as Spring begins and brings with it a season of renewal and beautiful, flowering colors, let’s keep our heart and mind open to the goodness God has planned for us. Pray for wisdom so that God may use the gifts He has given us. And, let’s believe God will work in us and through us and our church to do His new thing!
What new thing might God want to do today?
Submitted by Paula Jones, Business Administrator