Have you ever had a garden? Watched it grow from a seed in the dirt into a beautiful flower, or a hearty tomatoes?
I am not much of a gardener, but over the last few years I have successfully gotten cucumbers and tomatoes to grow in my garden. I’ve turned my black thumb into more of a brown. Last year, I even had some strawberries, though the rabbits thoroughly enjoyed more than I got to (they left a half eaten one to taunt me).
This year, in light of everything going on, I found it therapeutic to build a garden. As I was picking out seeds at the store, I even had someone ask me if there was a point to build a garden this year. I couldn’t think why that would matter. Why couldn’t I build a garden in the midst of this pandemic? Why couldn’t I find enjoyment in growing something in the midst of a dark time. Because, as I’ve learned while going through the storms of life, out of the darkest moments, you grow.
Think about the garden for a moment, the seed that’s planted. You place it in the dirt and cover it. Have it shroud in darkness. And in the midst of that darkness, that seed develops roots and it grows. It grows and eventually pushes out towards the light. It takes its roots and anchors them deep so that when the storm comes, it doesn’t get blown away and it rises towards the sun.
The darkest moments in life can produce strength and endurance, and like that little seed, we need to grow through them.
What are we focusing on during the trials? During the struggles?
In the midst of the darkness, the seed pushes out towards the sun.
Did you hear that? Push through the darkness towards the light. Focus not on the dark moment, but on the Son! (yes, I spelled it that way on purpose)
It’s easy when we are in the midst of the chaos, the pandemic, the gloom and doom that society says we are in, all the negativity. That’s why we need to anchor onto something that will shine through the darkness and lead us to the light. Have deep roots built in a firm foundation.
We can’t let what the media says dictate our emotions, take away our positivity and the life that God has called us to live! The media is paid to be negative. We are made to be positive!
Therefore encourage one another and build each other up
1 Thessalonians 5:11
Let us keep growing.
Let Jesus be the light that you reach for in the pit of darkness. His hand is always reaching out to pull you out into the light.
Matthew 13 has a beautiful representation of the type of seed we should be. One that is deep rooted in good soil. Not tossed by the wind and easily swayed, but firmly planted. Continually growing in the darkest moments so that we will overcome rather than be overcome.
Trial are inevitable, so we need that firm foundation to help us reach for the Son.
Nevertheless, the firm foundation of God [which He has laid] stands [sure and unshaken despite attacks]
2 Timothy 2:19 AMP
Be firm in our faith [against his attack – rooted, established, immovable], knowing that the same experiences of suffering are being experienced by your brothers and sisters throughout the world. [You do not suffer alone]
1 Peter 5:9 AMP
It’s a wonderful thing to remember that you are not alone. We are in this together and with Christ is our firm foundation, we will grow stronger and better and be overcomers!
My pastor speaks great wisdom, especially when going through trials, and a few weeks ago, he gave this quote that I want to share and close.
God will NEVER let you down. He will NEVER let you go beyond your limit and He will ALWAYS take you to the other side.
Pastor Charlie Dial
Let’s keep growing. Move towards the light. Be immovable when the storms and trials of life come!