“For God is the one who provides seed for the farmer and then bread to eat. In the same way, he will provide and increase your resources and then produce a great harvest of generosity in you.”
2 Corinthians 9:10
I’ve been doing some multiplying lately.
Not beefing up my times tables – I have a calculator for that. I’ve been taking cuttings of different plants that I overwintered in the house, potting them up, and turning one plant into more.
Indoor plant space is at a premium around here, so I usually only save one specimen of each plant I want to grow the following summer. One is enough. I can take a series of cuttings over several weeks, allowing the original plant to regrow and rejuvenate after its haircut and potting up the clipped bits.
Each one will root and become a whole new plant, if I’m lucky.
You may think this is harsh treatment of the original. After all, snipping and clipping all that lovely growth off has to be hard on it, surely?
Well, yes and no.
See the original plants usually get a little ‘woody’ by spring. They can get a little ‘leggy’, too (a fancy garden term for when a plant stretches out too far to get to the light), which can make them unattractive in shape.
Hence the trim.
Plus – if I end up with twenty free plants out of the process, who’s to convince me to stop snipping?
So I’m wondering today – are you feeling a wee bit pinched? Like someone sliced off a good portion of your growth?
Not to worry.
It may be that your Master Gardener is getting ready to spread your potential around a little. You know – multiply your impact on your world.
It won’t feel like it.
Some of those cuts hurt. It takes a while to recover, and you may long for what was. But in the hands of the Master Gardener, those shears will only remove what is most necessary to spur in fresh growth in you – and to replicate His green goodness around you.
A medicinal multiplication, if you will, creating more life and hope and beauty than you could have ever dreamed possible. God can build amazing things out of a willing heart and humble spirit, create a whole new generation of good deeds that will go on to bless your corner of the world for years to come.
Look at you grow!!
Submit to the trimming process with me?
Father, sometimes Your work in us involves short term loss or even pain. This is often hard for us to understand or process! Remind us that Your work is designed to beautify, strengthen, and multiply our impact on a hurting world in the long run. Help us to graciously accept Your multiplication process in our lives. Amen.