This spring some friends gave me four tomato plants. I have enjoyed following the growth of them, even though I don’t think they have done as well as possible. This year it’s been too hot and too dry. But they are coming along.
Here is one of my plants, compared in size with Sarah. What has taken Sarah three years to achieve, this plant has done in three months. I showed her the yellow flowers that later on will be tomatoes. Isn’t it amazing with the miracle of growth? We’re all the product of a little seed. No one understands how it happens, but God has put life in each seed.
The news of the little seed of this precious girl who had started her growth came at one of the lowest times of my life. I had just gone through surgery to remove cancer and at the same time I had a very, very sick husband. What an encouragement to get the news of this new life spurting! Had I known what a delightful girl was on the way the news would have been double as good! What a joy and comfort it was to know about this new life that was developing.
I look at her and pray that she will stay sweet and gentle, and keep her beautiful smile. When her mother was a child and attended boarding school, the house-parents said they had no problem with her. They called her “sunshine.” These last few days her little girl has brought me so much sunshine.
We need sunshine. We need encouragement. I had sorrow in my heart, but there is no sorrow on earth that heaven cannot heal. God has different ways to reach down to us, but it is always with love and compassion. This little girl has brought so much healing to my heart.
13 For you created my inmost being;
you knit me together in my mother’s womb.
14 I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
your works are wonderful, I know that full well.
15 My frame was not hidden from you
when I was made in the secret place.
When I was woven together in the depths of the earth,
16 your eyes saw my unformed body.
All the days ordained for me were written in your book
before one of them came to be.
God knows everything about us. He knows us better than we know ourselves. Do you have sorrow in your heart? Is there something weighing you down? Relax in the presence of Jesus. Picture yourself resting in his loving arms.
I’ve had Sarah this week to enjoy the most vivid picture of miracle and growth. Just observing a child in their joy and innocence can bring God to your heart. Sarah has gone on with her story-telling, and every time it’s her turn to say a part she talks about “a storm” that came. How did she get so fascinated about that? Maybe because the next part of the story is that the sun comes out. That, my friend, is God’s reality in our lives. Is doesn’t matter how big or fierce the storm is, that the sun will not come out!
Don’t lose heart, because…