I have two super petunia plants hanging on my patio. I brought them home six weeks ago and in that short time I have learned some enlightening lessons from these beautiful flowers.
Lesson One: Just because super petunias are supposed to be able to endure just about anything; heat, over watering, etc…, it doesn’t mean they will endure my uneducated brown thumb.
Likewise just because I am able to endure all things through Christ; sickness, disasters, etc…, doesn’t mean I will endure if I remain ignorant about Christ.
Lesson Two: So far the super petunia’s have had three near death experiences. I have no idea how many more they will survive. It’s best not to press the issue.
Likewise, I have had… a lot of close calls in my wonderings from my Savior. I really have no idea how many more He will allow. I think it’s best to stop wondering!
Lesson Three: To save the super petunias from near death number three I had to cut away 60% of dead or dying plant. The plants may only be a fraction of what they were when I brought them home, but they are much healthier and brighter than they’ve been in weeks.
Similarly, some days I feel like there can’t possibly be anything left for God to cut away in my life, but He does and I am far better off without the dead and dying stuff.
Lesson Four: It took several hours to perform the above cutting away on the super petunias. By the time I got to the second plant I was discouraged and bored. I worked too quickly and became careless accidently cutting a healthy stem. There were so few healthy ones, I could hardly afford to lose one through shoddy work.
I’m glad my hairdresser doesn’t get discouraged and bored with my hair. I shudder to think of the results. (There’s nothing spiritual about that, it’s just a blessing to me and those who have to look at me!)
I am also glad God never gets bored with me. He is never surprised or discouraged with any aspect of my life and He never cuts off healthy parts of me. His work is never shoddy!
Lesson Five: Super Petunias are beautiful adding a splash of color to my outdoor landscaping, but I must educate myself in their care and upkeep and remain diligent in looking after them.
I am God’s delight! I add a splash of color to the lanscape of His creation. He knows all about me and continuously cares for my every need, hope and dream. He never sleeps and is never caught off guard.
“You scrutinize my path and my lying down, And are intimately acquainted with all my ways.”