Life From The Ashes


Last year I wrote about the marigolds I planted at my home and how they struggled to survive and reproduce.  This spring I planted seeds from last years’ plants and they are mature marigolds now! (I could write another blog just about that.) We also had a dwarf daisy last year and I keep the seeds from it so I tried planting them in separate pots.  Four times I planted seeds but none ever came up so I ignored the pots.  Weeds started growing in them but without water only one plant in each pot survived.  Since they worked so hard to grow without help I didn’t pull them out.  I was curious what would happen.

We were very surprised to return from a recent trip and find those plants were all pansies!  All have purple flowers on them.  Nancy LOVES purple pansies.  We had some last year on our porch.  How the seeds survived and ended up in the pots and growing I’ll never know.  After trying so hard to purposely plant dwarf daises and them never growing, these coming without any help from me are a real treat.  Clearly God was working in this to bring this about.

I sit on my porch and look at those pansies and am glad I didn’t pull up the ugly ‘weeds’ that were growing instead of daisies.  I think of how glad I am that God didn’t give up on me during my ugly beginning years but had the mercy to be patient with me and quietly keep working within me so that one day I could bloom for Him.  I hope to bring Him as much joy and pleasure as those beautiful pansies bring me!

Philippians 1:6   He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.

Isaiah 35:1-2  The desert and the parched land will be glad; the wilderness will rejoice and blossom.  Like the crocus,  it will burst into bloom;  it will rejoice greatly and shout for joy.  The glory of Lebanon will be given to it, the splendor of Carmel and Sharon; they will see the glory of the Lord, the splendor of our God.

Spend some time right now thinking about all God has done in your life.  Thank Him for His patience and mercy.  Thank Him for not giving up on you but bringing you to this place where you can serve Him.  Ask Him to help you bloom for Him!

Jerry Schmoyer

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