My attitude instantly plummeted when my 4th grader handed me a paper packet with a title in bold:
After vetoing her idea about testing how fast different aged kids run, she asked about growing plants. Do they grow better in the dark or in the light?
I stifled my desired response. Not only was the project cliche and the outcome obvious, but it was also the example project given in the packet.
I surrendered my desire to control the project and agreed to her choice.
She smiled huge, eagerly anticipating growing her little seeds.
Three tomato plant kits and several dirty fingers later, we waited for growth.
Something amazing happened. In the midst of this predictable science project, we witnessed an outcome that surprised and baffled us.
The plant placed in the dark (a kitchen cupboard) sprouted first. The plant placed in medium light (in the corner of the living room atop a bookshelf) sprouted next. Only several days later did the plant in full sunlight sprout.
How can it be that the plant in darkness showed the first sign of life?
The first two plants grew for a solid two weeks, but they were small and pale. The shoots were thin and short, their coloring a dull white-yellow. Even with regular water, they shriveled and died, .
They lacked critical nourishment from sunlight.
The plant in full sunlight flourished. It’s fuzzy, kelly green stems reach high in praise of the One who created the whole system. New leaves continued to unfurl. We plan to plant it outside after the science fair and the threat of frost end. My daughter anticipates the fruit of the plants that she coaxed from tiny seeds.
The healthy plant took time to sprout and grow. It will require more time, combined with tender care, before it will bear the tomatoes.
Amidst the literal growing, a profound sense of awe over the beautiful things that God nurtures into being washed over me.
My own life’s plans stand in stark contrast to God’s: I want growth, and I want it now. Like the tomato plants, I strive to push through the dirt holding me back…but my first signs of life do not always equal strong, lasting growth.
My dreams tempt me to measure success in similar timing. When I don’t see fruit immediately, I become discouraged. Roadblocks and setbacks reinforce the discouragement.
However, when I stay connected to my Life-Source, the real growth occurs. The true measurement is my amount of growth in communion with the Son. (<====Click to Tweet.)
The grace of His timing yields healthy, lasting growth and promises to bear the most fruit. (<====Click to Tweet.)
Shared by: Mandy Mianecki