by Darla Noble
Most certainly I tell you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains by itself alone. But if it dies, it bears much fruit. He who loves his life will lose it. He who hates his life in this world will keep it to eternal life.
A couple of years ago I was visiting a family member in Texas. In their front yard was a tree-like plant—a member of the succulent family. I asked if I might take a cutting from the plant to try to start one of my own…in the Midwest.
When I got home I put the cuttings in water and set them in a sunny location. A month later nothing had happed. They were still green, but they hadn’t started to root. Three months later, still nothing. Four months later they started to turn dark and look somewhat shriveled. Not dead, but shriveled, so I decided I wouldn’t give up…not quite yet, anyway. And am I glad I didn’t because by the time another week had passed the plants had taken root and the brown, shriveled section was making way for beautiful new growth.
Today the plant is nearly four feet tall and as healthy-looking as a plant can be. I love it! But not just because of the time I put into getting it started. I love this plant because every time I look at it I am reminded of the fact that God never gives up on you and me. Even when we are spiritually shriveled up, he doesn’t give up. He just keeps taking care of us until we finally realize all that care and provision can help us grow into so much more than what we are without him. So go ahead and grow—root yourself in the love and salvation of Jesus.
Pray: Father in heaven, open my eyes to see You clearly, let me grow in Your ways and, let me thrive in the hope of salvation. In Jesus’ name, I pray, amen.