1 Corinthians 13:7 & Not Being Blessed with a Green Thumb
1 Corinthians 13:7
Love… always hopes, always perseveres.
It was the end of October, and I was about to give up on the Zinnias in the planter that my daughter had given me the previous Mother’s Day. She’d carefully selected a pretty window box, just the right size, and had planted seeds in a bed of good soil.
I kept it watered, moved it around until I discovered its favorite window – the one in the upstairs guest bathroom – and cared for it as best I could. Not being blessed with a green thumb, I was delighted when early on tender young green shoots came up. I enjoyed watching them grow into curving, leafy vines that grew upward leaning against windows, and then curved down, winding along the windowsill. I couldn’t wait to see the first flower. But five months had passed and it was autumn; some of the leaves were brown and dead, some of the vines were shriveled and needed to be cut away and no sign of anything that even vaguely resembled a bud or blossom. I had maintained the plant – water, light and fertilizer, and I wanted so much to see it bloom and thrive. Yet I couldn’t see continuing to hope over a half-dead plant.
I got up one Saturday morning determined to throw it away and admit defeat. As I parted the window’s curtain, I gasped. There was a small, pink flower exactly on the top of the vine. A real, live, standing-tall flower! Hope immediately sprang up in my heart again and I couldn’t wait to trim off the dead parts and nurture the delicate flower and the remaining green vines. The plant wasn’t half-dead and waiting to die, it was half-alive – it just needed enough time and a hopeful heart.
Lord, help us to prune the parts of us that are spiritually dead and instead cling to the hope that You placed there.
Kim Robinson is an author living in Austin, TX. She and her husband have six children and fourteen grandchildren and enjoy spending time with family. Passionate about parenting, she writes and speaks about a variety of issues facing parents and professionals dealing with teenagers in crisis. She enjoys speaking at retreats and to various organizations.
Kim's debut novel, Chased by Grace - A Story of Survival, is available now.