Green thumb or brown? Which do you have?
Mostly brown. However, I’ve always been impressed with those who are master gardeners and garden club people who can make anything grow. Generally my M.O. is, I purchase a plant, it looks good for a while, then I kill it and buy another one.
Can anyone relate?
A few years ago I purchased two rosemary bushes to put in planters by the front door of our home in Tampa. It was Christmas time and I hoped they’d be not only fragrant but look festive as well. I fully expected to be digging them up after a month or so and tossing them in order to plant something else in their place. I had pansies in mind.
It was a rainy December that year and to my surprise Mr. and Mrs. Rosemary didn’t kick the bucket. Instead they soaked up all the good rain water and were quite prolific ( they grew huge). They were doing so exceptional, I planted some basil to go with them.
The Basil family grew too.
Soon enough, the neighbors were calling to snip off the herbs to use in their cooking. There always seemed to be plenty for everyone to enjoy and I loved being able to offer up this gift.
When it was time for us to move, I was able to take the planters, but sadly I had to leave Mr. and Mrs. Rosemary and the Basil’s behind.
I thought, no problem I’ll plant more rosemary and basil in the same pots at my new home and they will do just as well.
Well, they didn’t. The rains came like before but the new plants didn’t seem to soak it up. They turned brown with disease and I had to pull them up and toss them.
What happened? The conditions were virtually identical. Why didn’t these new plants survive?
Recently I was reading through the book of Hebrews and I came across a verse that made me think how sometimes I can be like my herb friends the Rosemary’s and the Basil’s.
Hebrew 6:7-8 says, “Land that drinks in the rain often falling on it and that produces a crop useful to those for whom it is farmed receives the blessing of God. But the land that produces thorns and thistles is worthless and is in danger of being cursed.”
The first herbs I planted soaked up the rain water. The crop they produced was plentiful and of good use to me an my neighbors. The second set of herbs I planted failed to soak up the rain and they became diseased and turned brown and I had to toss them out.
The rain water in our key verse is the God’s life-giving Word to us.
Sometimes I drink up the Word God rains on me. I mean, I get it. I’m obedient. My soul is like the fertile soil where the Rosemary’s and the Basil’s grew. It soaks up God’s life-giving water. In those times I don’t have a green thumb, I am a green thumb. And it shows up by the way I treat and serve others.
But there have been other times in my life when I’ve been too busy or selfish to listen to what God has to say to me and I starve myself of His living water. The result, well, just like the plants I tossed, it’s not pretty.
So, tell me about you? What do you do with the living water God rains down on you? Do you use it or do you lose it by letting it roll right off? Perhaps a little of both?
I’m no master gardener but I have One, and you do too. He knows what we need everyday to live a healthy life that is both pleasing and productive – His life-giving Word. He freely gives it. We only need to be willing to soak it up.