Saturday, June 28, 2014

What is THAT?

 A pale green, fragile looking plant in great need of sunlight and nutrition. Why is it there? Where did it come from?

One morning, I looked out the front door and saw a little bit of green on the deck. Puzzling. I figured the guys had dropped something since a couple of them had already walked out this door and over the spot with the green. As I looked closer though, I realized there was actually something there.

It looked like it was stuck between the boards on the deck. Hmmm.

 It was pale green, not a darker and richer green like it should be. I realized it was a passionflower plant that was growing from under the deck!

I was amazed as my guys had walked right over this spot only an hour before - and they had gone both ways and hadn't even noticed it.
I looked at it from the other direction and realized that it really didn't show that much, especially since it seemed that it was just now pushed up between the crack to get to the light.

 I tugged a bit and it came up more.... even more than this.... and looked very pale green. I left it there to show the guys and later noticed it was gone again. I was disappointed, but then saw that it hadn't been pulled out, as I had suspected, but had dropped back down. It may have had some help, I'm not sure, but I could see it down there between the crack.

Apparently it had been growing under there, trying to get to the light. The deck doesn't get a lot of sunlight, but it does get some. The plant didn't look very sturdy - the effects of the lack of sunlight showed..... but still it kept growing with determination.

This is what another of my passionflower plants look like right now - this one is obviously a richer green color and is a sturdier-looking plant. The other plant sure seems to have the desire to grow though, as it moves toward the light of the sun. It makes me wonder what else might be trying to grow under that deck. Hmm.

Makes me think of my life - I want to grow in Christ and I want to honor Him. Am I reaching toward the light and am I walking in the light? Even if my "color" is pale, am I continuing on and trusting God to make me into the person He has created me to be? When I am down in the dark and things look difficult and even hopeless, do I choose to trust Him, to trust His word? Do I continue on being faithful, not making excuses for myself? Do I refrain from saying things like: "It's too dark." "I am too weak." "Life's not been fair to me." and more? Or do I remember verses like: "The Lord will give strength unto His people; the Lord will bless His people with peace." Psalm 29:11? He is making something beautiful of our lives - even amid the disappointments and heartaches. Will I trust Him? Will you trust Him? Hard questions and yet, He IS trust-worthy. May we each walk with Him and trust Him as He creates His own beauty in our lives today.

This picture of a beautiful purple passion flower is what that spindly, weak and pale plant that was poking up through the slats of the deck boards, is meant to become. Beautiful.... and so different from it's beginning. Only God knows what we are meant to become.... I am choosing to trust Him and I hope you do also.  Thank you for visiting today. I hope you are having a great day......but if you aren't, I hope you will choose to trust the One who loves you and has a perfect plan for your life.

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  1. They are very hardy plants and what gorgeous colours on the flowers-they are stunning!

    Hope you have a lovely weekend.

    Best wishes,
    Natasha in Oz

    1. Yes, they are.... I am thankful to get volunteers each year.... They are beautiful.... and useful too..... Thank you for visiting. :)

  2. Wow, how beautiful the flower is! And your analogy is lovely... trusting God is a choice, one that can make or break our day! Thanks for linking this up to the Art of Home-Making Mondays!

    1. Thank you.... I'm afraid I don't always make the right choice, but I am learning and doing it right more often. :) Thank you for visiting.

  3. Passionflower vines are a wonderful attractor for pollinators and a host plant to many butterflies. The gifts just keep on coming! ;0)

    1. Yes, they do.... and the plant has sedative properties.... and the fruits.. plus they are exotic and pretty. :) Thank you for visiting.

  4. What a stunning flower! Thanks for sharing!

    1. It is - what a creative God we have! My kids were actually scared of this flower when they were little - they thought it looked "scary". :) They LOVE it now for several reasons. Thank you for visiting.

  5. Love your post! Sometimes, we struggle where we're planted but, with a little help from others, we can grow and flourish! Love those little lessons from God!!

    1. Thank you - what a nice comment and so glad you dropped by. :)