Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Volunteer Plants

I think it speaks volumes of a gardener who allows random re-seeding to take place in their gardens. The result is a carefree scattering of plants displaying their colors and characteristics wherever they please in no particular design. The look is a little more unkempt, sometimes even shaggy or untidy, and doesn’t portray that well-thought-out look of common city plantings.


A volunteer foxglove that pokes its head above clumps of columbine, or a tall delphinium that takes root right next to a walkway literally produces a bit of head scratching and raised eyebrows. Who would plant that there? We ask ourselves.

Generally, I find that gardeners who foster this approach to their outdoor spaces are hospitable folks ready and willing to accommodate others whenever necessary. They go with the natural flow of things at the risk of nonconformity appreciating the unexpected beauty taking place all around them.

I have to wonder if we, as individuals, would be so willing to ride the wind and then grow and flourish where we’re planted. What if God called us to leave our “mother plant” to catch the next breeze and root ourselves in unfamiliar soil? Would we be so willing to leave our elements of security as we know them? I’m not talking, necessarily about a physical move, but a dramatic change; taking on a different job, perhaps? What if we’re called to step miles away from our comfort zone by temporarily opening our home to someone who needs to get back on their feet? Perhaps it involves taking a deep breath and defying a particular fear or phobia, placing complete and total trust in God for his leading.

Maybe it’s taking a leap of faith by simply leaving behind an empty life and deciding to walk with the Lord.

Regardless, just like the seed carried on the wind determined to break free from its surrounding shell and struggle through the dirt toward sunlight, our Heavenly Father is with us every step of the way and allows us to bloom where we’re planted.

Joshua 1:9
...Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go. (NIV)

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