The Wonder of Growth

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.

Psalm 139:13-16
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…

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About kelund

My name is Kerstin Anderas-Lundquist. I was born in Sweden to Per & Brita Anderas, on March 6, 1946. In 1948 we left to begin a missionary life in Chile; in 1956 we moved on to Peru. On May 1, 1969 I married an all-Swedish guy from Karslkrona: Bengt Göran Emanuel Lundquist. God blessed us with two daughters: Eva-Marie Elizabeth and Ruth Carina. We served as missionaries in Peru and Bolivia. In 1988 we moved to the United States to work at Life Publishers in Miami, Florida. I was to assist in developing the line of Sunday School Curriculm in Spanish known as Vida Nueva. I live in Springfield, Missouri, and am retired from work at the Assemblies of God Headquarters. My husband and daughter Eva-Marie have been promoted to Heaven. Carina is married to Thom Cole and they have given me four gourgeous grandchildren, even five (teen-age John). I will be writing about my life, past and present, blended with visions for the future. My deepest desire is to spread the “seed of love”–inspiration to serve God and our neighbors with love and compassion.
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