I love to grow things. Even as a kid I asked the landlords where my Mom rented apartments, if I could put seeds in the ground and take care of them thru the summer. As a young wife in the early 70’s, house plants were REALLY big (almost as big as leisure suits…LOL). One time I counted I had over 65 houseplants AND then, having my first home as an adult, I started planting bulbs, seeds, cuttings outside.
This photo is of a narcissus bulb I started in January, 2020. As gifts to friends, family and neighbors, I started bulbs before Thanksgiving and gave them as Christmas presents. I saved this one for me, but it seemed I failed as gardener, as everyone else’s grew and bloomed, but mine did NOTHING. I was ready to throw it in my compost pile, when I picked it up and saw there were…indeed…roots forming out of the ‘dead-looking’ bulb. I thought…’what a metaphor for my life, at times’… when I think something is dead…it could be alive…but just slower than MY PLANS for it.
As a part of my personal retreat time, I had blocked off Friday morning from 9am-12pm…to connect with my God and reflect on these first 6 weeks of 2020. After seeing the roots of my bulb beneath the soil, I decided to journal about my ‘roots’….as a human….emotionally, spiritually, culturally, relationally. My journaling is writing (talking) on paper and listening deep inside, to the whispers from my God…then journaling again. My time…looking at the roots of my faith…proved to be life-giving. It was there all the time…just a little slow in growing!
Questions To Consider…
- What do you know about your roots? Culturally, spiritually, relationally?
- Where are they ‘planted’….in truth or in lies?
- Have you too, experienced growth slower than you wanted?
- Are you willing to set aside time (a half day or even a half hour) to reflect on your life? Where you are growing…or… where you might need to ‘pull up’ stakes?