The Accelerated Program

“Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand.”
‭‭Isaiah‬ ‭41:10‬

I bought myself a new toy.

A heat mat.

Not a heating pad. A heat mat.

It provides steady gentle heat to a tray of pots, in order to speed up germination. And let me tell you – I’m a believer! It is the length and width of one standard plant tray. The cord plugs into an outlet. You place your tray of pots on top of the plastic apparatus, cover it with a dime, and wait.

My wee geraniums have germinated in three days. Thee says! Likewise, a few gazanias. A few perennials as well, which usually take weeks to pop through the soil.

I’ve never had such fast results in my life!

That consistent heat sure did the trick. My baby plants are off to an excellent – and unexpectedly rapid – start. They are on the accelerated program.

Sometimes in life, we find ourselves in some hot territory- we feel the heat and discomfort of stress, grief, unexpected crises, broken relationships – and don’t realize a key truth.

We’ve been put in the accelerated program!

See, under the pressure of turmoil, chaos, confusion, or discomfort, we enter the place where we are forced to rely on God. We hit our limit. We realize our weakness. We are driven to our knees in genuine distress.

But wow, can good things grow in that rich seed tray! God often uses a little heat, a little pressure, to crack open our tough outer layer and allow His grace to water us and swell our spirits, causing us to root and grow.

Germination requires stress.

A seed needs to crack wide enough for the moisture to reach the embryo within. Without some process to wear down the seed coat, that seed can lie dormant for years and never experience the joys of growing into a vibrant plant.

How is your heat mat feeling?

A little scary? A little uncomfortable? A little hot to handle?

Get ready for something beautiful to germinate! It is there that you will be strengthened. It is there that you will be held by God’s strong hand. It is there that you will put down deep roots and develop healthy habits and bloom and produce good fruit.

Embrace the glory of the accelerated program with me?

Father, thank You for placing us exactly where we need to be in order for us to grow. Develop our potential in Your own way, in Your perfect timing. 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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