The Fungus Phenomenon

“So prepare your minds for action and exercise self-control. Put all your hope in the gracious salvation that will come to you when Jesus Christ is revealed to the world.”
‭‭1 Peter‬ ‭1:13‬ ‭


Distinctly odd.

It’s been terribly dry this summer. I set up a sprinkler to water a patch of grass, to keep it from dying back altogether.

And there they were.


Inky caps, to be more precise. These inky caps took immediate advantage of the shot of moisture and grew literally overnight.

Within 24 hours, their lifecycle had almost drawn to a close. By the time I noticed them, they were already dripping ink and decomposing.

Now that’s why I’d call opportunistic.

I mean, think about it. The moment there was enough moisture to grow, they did. With gusto! They did their thing so thoroughly, they were able to slip back into the earth in no time, having lived life to the full.

They weren’t complaining a day earlier that they hadn’t been able to grow. They weren’t staging a revolt against their unfair circumstances. They weren’t suing the weatherman or crying in their soup.

They were just – waiting. Waiting for their turn to shine, to perform, to function. Waiting for the right time. Waiting for the opportunity.

Waiting for their needs to be met.


If I were them, I’d have been pouting. Questioning the powers that be. Comparing my bad luck to that of other plants – I mean, people – who have it so easy.

Instead, I’d be better off preparing for action. Learning patience. Biding my time – understanding that timing is everything, and that God is never late.

See, the fungus phenomenon reminds me that whining and fighting against dry spells are counter-productive. Rather, if I remain faithfully focused on my job, and wait for the moment when the opportunity presents itself, I could save myself a lot of angst and sweat.

Easier said than done, right?


But it might be a good goal to set for ourselves.

Ready to move forward, with the self control – and wisdom – to know when the time is right. When to hold off and wait for better resources. When to hold tight and wait for God’s leading. When to seize the moment and grow with gusto.

Just like inky caps.

Learn some wisdom from the mushrooms with me?

Father, sometimes we spin our wheels and get nothing accomplished because we are trying to force things to go our way. Remind us that waiting for Your blessing and the right timing could be key to our productivity for Your kingdom. Thank You for leading us into wisdom. Amen.

Published by melodylowes

I am actually a bit of a mess. But in the mess, I’m finding security in knowing I am chosen, I am forgiven, and I matter. After uncovering a history of abuse in my past, I have done a lot of healing - and writing is one way I can invite you deeper into your own healing journey! I write devotionals about the complicated thing called life at, and my poetry is stashed at Pull up a chair and a coffee or tea and let's grow together!

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