These little sprouts around the bottom of one of the lilacs made me think of new beginnings.
Ordinarily, I’d cut them back to force the bush to grow on the older wood.
I really don’t have time to garden, nor the energy, so they will stay as they are.
And the picture is a reminder of new growth.
In the Spring,
when the seedlings break through, there’s such expectation.
But with it is the realty of the winter past and choices of the future.
As with any seedling, there’s normally a need to thin out.
Which often means death and loss.
Plants which are crowded close together can not thrive and won’t produce to their best.
It requires pulling up some, for the best growth of others.
And I hate pulling up seedlings.
Yet, I’m never satisfied with the results when I ignore the task.
Bugs and plant disease are much more common in plants who live crowded together.
Each individual seedling needs to be washed in sunshine and given the freedom to stretch it’s roots in search of nutrients and water.
So, I thin out my seedlings.
This past year feels like God has been thinning my life.
Removing that which I saw as important and letting in the Son.
It’s been painful.
And He’s not finished yet.
Our family is going to be transplanted and that always causes a certain amount of time, discomfort, loss.
As I read my Bible this morning and all these things lingered in the back of my mind,
the words lept out.
It was like it was written to me.
“Also Your righteousness, O God, is very high, You who have done great things; O God, who is like You? You, who have shown me great and severe troubles, Shall revive me again, And bring me up again from the depths of the earth.”
Psalms 71:19-20 NKJV
My troubles are tiny on the scale of human tribulations.
But they have felt great and severe to me.
And through it all,
I have said, “Who is like You?”
Because He has been with me through it all.
His comfort has been my constant companion.
His Word, my healing.
And as David penned, so long ago:
“…(God) Shall revive me again, And bring me up again from the depths…”
Psalm 71:20 NKJV
There isn’t any way for me to know what lies ahead.
But I’m secure in the knowledge of what my future shall be.
Dear Lord Jesus,
Thank You so much for Your Holy Word. It has never lost it’s flavor or it’s life changing abilities. Your Words are truth and I am so thankful for them all. Lord, let me live by Your truth, growing more in it each day. Like a tiny seedling, I have no idea what You are going to grow through me, but I want to be willing for anything required to produce a crop for Your glory