When I was a little girl my family would often take trips from our home in North Carolina to South Carolina, where our extended family lives. My dad always liked taking the “country route,” where we would see quaint towns and farmland. I always loved the open fields, especially the rows of cotton plants!
During one trip I asked my dad to stop on the side of the road so I could pick a piece of cotton. I took it home and decided I would plant it in our backyard. I wanted my own little cotton plant! One of the boys who lived next door made fun of me and said it would never grow, but I ignored him. I had complete faith that my plant would grow. I chose a little spot next to our back patio, dug a hole in the hard NC dirt and planted the whole piece – cotton, seeds and all. I honestly don’t remember watering it or doing anything else.
Some time passed and sure enough my little plant grew! I was so excited. I promptly shared this (of course) with the naysayer boy next door. He responded by running over and smashing it with his bike (I know, I know).
Recently my husband and I decided to plant a garden. I was reminded of the “cotton story” memory as we started planting seeds. I never realized, until now, just how many lessons are in this little story! This week God helped me see some things wrapped up in this experience……
“Assuredly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God as a little child will by no means enter it.”Mark 10:15
- The first thing God showed me was the child-like FAITH I had. I didn’t waiver! I believed my idea would work no matter what ANYONE said to me.
- The second thing was my confidence and determination to try something new. I didn’t question it. I had a desire and saw it through.
- The third thing is the power of my imagination. I “saw” my plant grow before it ever actually grew.
- The fourth thing was how God’s creation is so beautiful and amazing. He made us to prosper. He has given us tools to succeed. He wants us to flourish, enjoy life, try new things, have dreams and see them through.
- The fifth thing, that my friend Kelly shared with me (after she read this) “The world/the enemy tries to run it over with a bike to smash it ….but God! He will see it through. He is the creator and perfecter of your faith.”
How thankful I am to be reminded of this experience and all the lessons it taught me. I hope this blesses you too!