The mother plant
I was eating breakfast this morning and I saw something peculiar. We used to have a kitchen appliance in front of the window and I had placed some small succulent plants on the window sill behind it. In order to water them, I would have to streeeetch past the appliance or contort my arm to reach behind it and carefully dribble some water into the small pots. That is, if I remembered to do so.
But I recently moved the appliance to the adjacent wall and placed our dining table in front of the window. So as I was sitting there this morning, I was looking at the plants, and to my surprise several of the leaves had fallen off, sprouted and began to grow new stems and leaves!
My Father is always at his work, and I, too, am working.
I was amazed at how these little leaves were growing so well even when I did not tend to them or water them at all. They aren’t even in soil! And it made me think about how God does this in the lives of people. He is the good shepherd who watches, guides and protects each person. He works behind the scenes so that they may grow and be fruitful. Jesus said, “My father is always at his work to this very day…” He works hard to prepare them so that they come to our campuses, ready to receive a Bible study invitation, eager to cross over from death to life.
Look at all those roots!
This is how Jesus could say to the disciples, “Do you not say, ‘Four months more and then the harvest’? I tell you, open your eyes and look at the fields! They are ripe for harvest. Even now the reaper draws his wages, even now he harvests the crop for eternal life, so that the sower and the reaper may be glad together” (John 4:35-36). Even though it appeared as if the people were leaves that had fallen off, with no soil or water, and would imminently wither, Jesus said, “It is not so!”
Since God is working hard behind the scenes, I see that now I need to go and do my part. I pray that we go to our campuses with this faith: Open your eyes and look at the fields! They are ripe for harvest!