“It’s not important who does the planting, or who does the watering. What’s important is that God makes the seed grow.”
1 Corinthians 3:7
Perennials are poking through!
After their long winter nap, my old friends are waking up and starting to stretch their arms out of the dirt and shake off their funeral clothes!
It’s a pretty exciting time of year.
I go on daily walks just to get reacquainted. Each one is eagerly greeted as it appears – each one will be nurtured and clipped, trimmed and staked, fertilized and watered and weeded around as needed.
I’ve learned a lot about what each requires , and I can help them along.
But I sure can’t make them grow.
The same with us, you know. Spiritually I mean. We can read our Bibles, study and memorize, pray and meditate. We can throw ourselves into charity work and ministry opportunities. We can do all the right things at the right time, and yet not get where we want to go.
See, that’s God’s job.
The growth, I mean.
It’s God that takes truth and plants it deep within our hearts. It’s God who provides the very faith we need to even believe in Him in the first place.
It’s God who makes us develop the skills, attitudes, and aptitudes that help us come back from the winter’s death grip and reach our hands toward heaven.
Poking through, so to speak.
Oh, we have a job to do. We can do all the things that we know will set us up for success.
But we all know that God is the only one who can call perennials back to life, or create true lasting change in a human heart.
Look to God for your spiritual growth with me?
Father, only You can initiate faith, generate inner peace, cause real character development in imperfect people. Guide us as we seek You and keep in step with Your work in our lives. Amen.